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Escherichia coli bacteriophage T7
Clone type
Molecular biology
Product format
Storage conditions
2°C to 8°C
Mission Collection Item
This is a Mission Collection Item.


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Detailed product information


Specific applications
produces protein RNA polymerase


Restriction digests of the clone give the following sizes (kb): BamHI/PstI--3.9, 3.1; PstI--7.0; BamHI--7.0; BamHI/EcoRI--4.0, 3.2; EcoRI--7.2.
High level inducible expression of T7 RNA polymerase under control of the lambda PL promoter, for regulated expression of T7 promoter expression constructs.
Plasmid features include kanR selection and p15A replicon.
The plasmid is maintained at low copy number, 1-5 copies per cell and is compatible with plasmids containing the ColE1 replicon.
The T7 gene 1 of the construct is under control of the lambda PL promoter and cI857 lambda repressor is under control of the lac promoter.
pGP1-2 contains a unique EcoRI site.
pGP1-2 (ATCC 40175) was constructed from a 3.19 kb BamHI/EcoRI fragment containing T7 gene 1, a 1.05 EcoRI/PstI fragment of pKB280-cI857 containing the cI857 lambda repressor, and a 2.90 kb PstI/BamHI fragment of pACYC177.
M13mGP1-2 (ATCC 40303) is similar to pGP1-2 (ATCC 40175) except that in the former construct, gene 1, T7 RNA polymerase, was ligated (using BglII and SalI linkers) to BamHI-SalI cut M13mp8, placing the gene under control of the lac promoter.
Mycoplasma contamination
Not detected
Technical information
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Vector information

Construct size (kb)

Insert information

Insert size (kb)
Type of DNA
Target gene
RNA polymerase
Gene product
RNA polymerase [gene 1]


Harvard Medical School, CC Richardson, Harvard Medical School
Patent depository
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Patent number
Cross references
GenBank J02518

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Permits & Restrictions

Import Permit for the State of Hawaii

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Frequently Asked Questions


Curated Citations

Tabor S, Richardson CC. T7 DNA polymerase. US Patent 4,795,699 dated Jan 3 1989

Tabor S, Richardson CC. A bacteriophage T7 RNA polymerase/promoter system for controlled exclusive expression of specific genes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 82: 1074-1078, 1985. PubMed: 3156376

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