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J Bacteriol. 1991 April; 173(8): 2707–2709.
PMCID: PMC207841

Nomenclature relating to restriction of modified DNA in Escherichia coli.

Abstract

At least three restriction systems that attack DNA containing naturally modified bases have been found in common Escherichia coli K-12 strains. These systems are McrA, McrBC, and Mrr. A brief summary of the genetic and phenotypic properties so far observed in laboratory strains is set forth, together with a proposed nomenclature for describing these properties.

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