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Biotechniques. 2005 Jan;38(1):63-7.

Combined sacB-based negative selection and cre-lox antibiotic marker recycling for efficient gene deletion in pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Grenoble, Grenoble, France.


The complete genome of the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa has now been sequenced, allowing gene deletion, one of the most frequently used methods in gene function study, to be fully exploited. In this study, we combine the sacB-based negative selection system with a cre-lox antibiotic marker recycling method. This methodology allows allelic exchange between a target gene and a gentamicin cassette flanked by the two lox sequences. A tetracycline plasmid expressing the cre recombinase is then introduced in the mutant strain to catalyze the excision of the lox-flanked resistance marker. We demonstrate here the efficiency of the combination of these two methods in P. aeruginosa by successively deleting ExoS and ExoT, which are two genetically independent toxins of the type-three secretion system (TTSS). This functional cre-lox recycling antibiotic marker system can create P. aeruginosa strains with multiple mutations without modifying the antibiotic resistance profile when compared to the parental strain.

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