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Mol Microbiol. 1990 Dec;4(12):2087-94.

Activation of a cryptic crystal protein gene of Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies kurstaki by gene fusion and determination of the crystal protein insecticidal specificity.

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Ecogen Inc., Langhorne, Pennysylvania 19047.

Abstract

DNA hybridization with the insecticidal crystal protein gene cryllA (formerly cryBl) of Bacillus thuringiensis supspecies kurstaki has shown that subspecies kurstaki contains a cryllA-related sequence in addition to the cryllA gene (Donovan et al., 1988a). We have cloned the cryllA-related sequence and have determined that the sequence, which has been designated cryllB, is 89% identical to the cryllA gene. Recombinant B. thuringiensis cells harbouring the cloned cryllB gene produced very little CryllB protein. A high level of production of the CryllB protein was achieved by fusing the regulatory region of the crylllA crystal protein gene to the cryllB gene. The CryllB protein was found to be highly toxic to Lymantria dispar, Heliothis virescens and Trichoplusia ni, and was not toxic to Aedes aegypti.

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