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Mol Gen Genet. 1992 Nov;235(2-3):235-41.

beta-Galactosidase of Kluyveromyces lactis (Lac4p) as reporter of gene expression in Candida albicans and C. tropicalis.

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Institut für Mikrobiologie, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, FRG.


Vectors containing fusions of the Candida albicans ACT promoter to heterologous genes were constructed and transformed into a C. albicans host strain. beta-Galactosidase (Lac4p) activity was detected in transformants carrying an ACT fusion to the Kluyveromyces lactis LAC4 gene, while fusions to the Escherichia coli lacZ gene and to other heterologous genes were not expressed. Lac4p was also produced by C. tropicalis transformants carrying the ACT/LAC4 fusion. Plasmids in transformed C. albicans strains were present either as free multimers in high copy number or, more frequently, integrated into the genome in low copy number yielding high and low LAC4 mRNA and Lac4p expression levels, respectively. Lac4p-expressing transformants of C. tropicalis, but not of C. albicans, were able to utilize lactose as sole carbon source. An ACT/LAC4 fusion was not differentially expressed during the yeast and hyphal growth phases of C. albicans, indicating that the ACT promoter is not regulated during morphogenesis. These results define the first reporter gene system for convenient monitoring of gene expression in Candida species.

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