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Plasmid. 2010 Nov;64(3):143-9. doi: 10.1016/j.plasmid.2010.06.002. Epub 2010 Jun 18.

Suite of novel vectors for ectopic insertion of GFP, CFP and IYFP transcriptional fusions in single copy at the amyE and bglS loci in Bacillus subtilis.

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Smurfit Institute of Genetics, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2, Ireland.


We report the development of a suite of six integrative vectors for construction of single copy transcriptional fusions with the gfpmut3, cfp and iyfp reporter genes in Bacillus subtilis. The promoter fusions are constructed using the highly efficient ligation-independent cloning (LIC) technique making them suitable for high-throughput applications. The plasmids insert into the chromosome by a double cross-over event at the amyE or bglS loci and integration at each site can be verified by a plate-based screening assay. The vectors allow expression of two different promoters to be determined in the same strain using the cfp and iyfp reporter genes since CFP and iYFP are spectrally distinct and have comparable half-lives of approximately 2h in exponentially growing B. subtilis cells. We demonstrate the versatility of these vectors by measuring expression of the tuaA and phoA operons singularly and in combination, during growth in phosphate limiting conditions.

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