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Gene. 1990 Apr 30;89(1):37-46.

A new family of RSF1010-derived expression and lac-fusion broad-host-range vectors for gram-negative bacteria.

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Fakultät für Biologie, Lehrstuhl für Genetik, Universität Bielefeld, F.R.G.


A series of broad-host-range expression and lac fusion vectors, based on RSF1010 derivatives, was constructed. The expression vectors contain various promoters (pNm, plac, ptac and pS1) for expression of foreign genes. The efficiency of the promoters was determined in Escherichia coli, Rhizobium meliloti, Rhizobium leguminosarum and Pseudomonas putida by beta-galactosidase activity measurements. Of the promoters assayed in E. coli, the most effective is the tac promoter, whereas in soil bacteria the appropriate promoter for overexpression of foreign genes is the NmR promoter. The GmR gene, serving as a selectable marker for the plasmids, was efficiently expressed in R. meliloti as revealed by sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and thus, pGm was also used to construct an expression vector. The translational fusion vectors allow the identification and characterization of promoter-carrying cloned fragments on the translational level, whereas the transcriptional fusion vectors can be used to identify and to study promoters on cloned fragments. All lac fusion vectors contain the E. coli lacZ gene or the complete lac operon facilitating quantification of expression.

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