The isolation of structural genes from libraries of eucaryotic DNA

Cell. 1978 Oct;15(2):687-701. doi: 10.1016/0092-8674(78)90036-3.


We present a procedure for eucaryotic structural gene isolation which involves the construction and screening of cloned libraries of genomic DNA. Large random DNA fragments are joined to phage lambda vectors by using synthetic DNA linkers. The recombinant molecules are packaged into viable phage particles in vitro and amplified to establish a permanent library. We isolated structural genes together with their associated sequences from three libraries constructed from Drosophila, silkmoth and rabbit genomic DNA. In particular, we obtained a large number of phage recombinants bearing the chorion gene sequence from the silkmoth library and several independent clones of beta-globin genes from the rabbit library. Restriction mapping and hybridization studies reveal the presence of closely linked beta-globin genes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cell Physiological Phenomena*
  • Coliphages / genetics
  • DNA / genetics*
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes
  • DNA, Recombinant
  • Eukaryotic Cells / physiology*
  • Genes*
  • Globins / genetics
  • Methods
  • Molecular Weight


  • DNA, Recombinant
  • Globins
  • DNA
  • DNA Restriction Enzymes