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Gene. 2000 Jan 25;242(1-2):105-14.

Construction of an efficient expression system for Agrobacterium tumefaciens based on the coliphage T5 promoter.

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Department of Chemistry, The University of Chicago, IL 60637, USA.


A versatile expression vector utilizing a promoter of coliphage T5, P(N25) (Gentz and Bujard, 1985. J. Bacteriol. 164, 70-77) and a derivative of the IncW broad-host-range plasmid pJB20 (Beaupré et al., 1997. J. Bacteriol. 179, 78-89) has been developed. This vector successfully expresses virulence proteins of Agrobacterium tumefaciens encoded by virG and a mutant allele of virA, virA (delta1-284, G665D) in Escherichia coli as well as in A. tumefaciens. The signal transduction proteins VirA (delta1-284, G665D) and VirG are fully functional when expressed in Agrobacterium, and the P(N25) driven expression overrides the complex transcriptional regulation present with the native promoters. This expression system will enable a more detailed analysis of the activation events in signal transduction in A. tumefaciens, and we expect it to be useful in other prokaryotes.

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