The pCLIP plasmids: versatile cloning vectors based on the bacteriophage lambda origin of replication
Boyd, A.C.; Sherratt, D.J.
Gene 153(1): 57-62
A series of general-purpose plasmid vectors based on the phage lambda origin of replication (ori) has been constructed. Each vector consists of a backbone plasmid encoding chloramphenicol resistance (Cm-R) and containing a unique HaeII site into which the lacZ-alpha-complementing multiple cloning site (MCS) region of an established vector was inserted. TO increase the cloning potential of the inserted MCS, superfluous restriction sites in the backbone were removed by a variety of techniques. The vectors, designated pCLIP (for Cm-R lambda ori integration proficient) plasmids, are of medium copy number and are compatible with most other vectors in common use. A total of 17 unique restriction sites in pCLIP8, pCLIP9, pCLIP18, PCLIP19 and pCLIP23 are available for cloning. As well as possessing the usual properties of vectors, the pCLIP plasmids are able to integrate reversibly into lambda prophage by homologous recombination . Thus, cloned DNA can be maintained in single or multiple copy at will. By integrating recombinant plasmid into appropriate deletion prophages followed by induction, phage::plasmid hybrids are produced which can be manipulated as phage. These properties are demonstrated using a test recombinant plasmid , pCLIPLEU2. The pCLIP vectors are therefore useful for routine plasmid cloning, complementation analysis and applications where the ability to manipulate recombinants in plasmid, phage or prophage forms is advantageous.