Genetic analysis of bacteriophage P4 using P4-plasmid ColE1 hybrids.Mol Gen Genet. 1980 Feb; 177(3):399-412.MG
A set of plasmids that contain fragments of the bacteriophage P4 genome has been constructed by deleting portions of a P4-ColE1 hybrid. A P4 genetic map has been established and related to the physical map by examining the ability of these plasmids to rescue various P4 mutations. The P4 virl mutation and P4 genes involved in DNA replication (alpha), activation of P2 helper genes (delta and epsilon), polarity suppression (psu) and head size determination (sid) have been mapped, as has the region responsible for synthesis of a nonessential P4 protein. One of the deleted plasmids contains only 5900 base pairs (52%) of P4 but will form plaques if additional DNA is added to increase its total size to near that of P4. This plasmid is also unique in that it will not form stable associations with P2 lysogens of E. coli which are recA+. P4 alpha mutants can be suppressed as a result of replication under control of the ColE1 part of the hybrid.