BAC methylation

Charles S. Gasser csgasser at ucdavis.edu
Wed Aug 2 12:22:03 EST 2000


<x-flowed>ClaI is subject to methylation at overlapping DAM methylation sites
in DAM+ hosts.  Methylation at these sites blocks digestion by ClaI.
The recognition sequence for ClaI is ATCGAT.  If this sequence is
preced by a G or followed by a C then a DAM methylation site (GATC)
is present and can be methylated in a DAM+ strain.  Since most
strains are DAM+, most BAC DNA will be methylated at these sites.
Sites which are not preceded by a G or followed by a C will still be
digested in DNA deriving from DAM+ strains because they will not be
methylated.  There is a good discussion of the different enzymes that
can be affected by DAM methylation in the appendix of the New England
Biolabs catalog.

Hope this helps,
Chuck Gasser

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