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Gene. 2000 Jul 11;252(1-2):127-35.

Exploring redundancy in the yeast genome: an improved strategy for use of the cre-loxP system.

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School of Biological Sciences, University of Manchester, 2.205 Stopford Building, Oxford Road, M13 9PT, Manchester, UK.


Gene families having more than three members are a common phenomenon in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome. As yeast research enters the post-genome era, the development of existing deletion strategies is crucial for tackling this apparent redundancy, hence a method for performing rapid multiple gene disruptions in this organism has been developed. We constructed three replacement cassettes in which different selectable markers were placed between two loxP loci. Multiple deletions (of members of a gene family) were generated, in one strain, using sequential integration of different replacement markers (kanMX, LYS2, KlURA3 and SpHIS5). Their excision from the genome was performed simultaneously, as the final step, using a new cre recombinase vector, which carries the cycloheximide-resistance gene from Candida maltosa as a selectable marker. Our multiple gene deletion system significantly accelerates and facilitates the functional analysis process and is particularly useful for studying gene families in either laboratory or industrial yeast strains.

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