The phenotypically silent cyclopropane fatty acid synthesis (cfa) gene of Escherichia coli K-12 has been located on the genetic linkage map. This was accomplished by integrating (via homologous recombination) the selectable marker of a recombinant plasmid into the host chromosome near the cfa locus. This integration allowed the subsequent isolation of a cfa-linked transposon Tn 10 insertion. Genetic mapping of the Tn 10 insertion, using conventional techniques, placed the cfa locus at min 36.5 on the linkage map in the vicinity of several other non-selectable markers. We ordered cfa and these other loci by three-factor transductional analyses. Selection for excision of the Tn 10 element resulted in several types of mutants which harbor mutations of cfa and of neighboring genes, presumably as a consequence of Tn 10-catalyzed chromosomal rearrangements.
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