To improve transposon mutagenesis of antibiotic-producing Streptomyces, a mini-transposon, Tn1792, was constructed, based on IS6100, originally isolated from Mycobacterium fortuitum. Easily manageable transposition assays were developed to demonstrate inducible transposition of Tn1792 into the Streptomyces genome from a temperature-sensitive delivery plasmid. Introduction of the selectable aac1 gene between the inverted repeats in Tn1792 allowed for both reliable identification of transposition events in Streptomyces, and also subsequent cloning of transposon-tagged sequences in Escherichia coli. This enabled the target site specificity of Tn1792 to be determined at nucleotide resolution, revealing no significant shared homology between different target sites. Consequently, Tn1792 is well suited for random mutagenesis of Streptomyces.
Herron, P. R., Evans, M. C., & Dyson, P. J. (1999). Low target site specificity of an IS6100-based mini-transposon, Tn1792, developed for transposon mutagenesis of antibiotic-producing Streptomyces. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 171(2), 215–221. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0378-1097(98)00608-9