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Sequence and annotation of the Wizard007 mycobacterium phage genome

Material and methods

The Wizard007 bacteriophage was isolated from a soil sample taken at N36° 49’36.8” W87° 29’42.5” in Hopkinsville, KY. It was plaque purified on Mycobacterium smegmatis and DNA was isolated using the Promega Wizard DNA purification kit. The DNA was sequenced at the Virginia Commonwealth University by Roche 454 DNA sequencing. The genome quality was confirmed in Consed [1] and found to be 51,034 bp in length. Genes were called from the assembled sequence with a workflow consisting of Glimmer [2], GeneMark [3], tRNAscan [4], and SDFinder to identify potential gene features. Gbrowse [5], Apollo [6], and BLAST [7] were used to call and annotate genes. A 10 base 3’ overhang was found at the ends by ligating the genomic DNA and sequencing a PCR product produced across the ligated ends.

Results and conclusion

Wizard007 is 95% similar to the Mycobacterium phage Peaches (NC_013694) when comparing the number of gene BLAST hits. The first 41,000 bp and the genes contained therein match Peaches’ organization and sequence very closely. The 3’ end of Wizard007 lacks 4 coding sequences that are found in Peaches (CDS 69, 74, 75, & 78) and it has one coding sequence that is not called in Peaches (gp 76). Additionally there are two coding sequences in Peaches (CDS 83 & 84) that do not match Wizard007 (gp 77 & 79).


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Funding for the DNA sequencing of Wizard007 was provided by the WKU Bioinformatics and Information Science Center. Supplies and technical support for the isolation and genome annotation were provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Alliance National Genome Research Initiative.

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Anyanwu, E., Cole, K., Driver, K. et al. Sequence and annotation of the Wizard007 mycobacterium phage genome. BMC Bioinformatics 11 (Suppl 4), P15 (2010).

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