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World J Microbiol Biotechnol. 1992 Nov;8(6):638-44. doi: 10.1007/BF01238805.

Enhanced stable expression of aVibrio luciferase under the control of the Ω-translational enhancer in transgenic plants.

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Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, 95616, Davis, CA, USA.


A fusion gene usingluxA andluxB genes ofVibrio species has been designed to express light autonomously in plants.LuxA:luxB was introduced into plants by a high-efficiency transformation system consisting of a high-copy virulence helper plasmid pUCD2614 and T-vector pUCD2715 containingluxA:luxB. The expression ofluxA:luxB fusion gene was optimized by adjusting the spacing between the genes and by placing the translational efficiency of its mRNA under the control of the Ω-3 translational enhancer. The resulting transgenic plants synthesized luciferase at levels greater than 1% of the total leaf protein. These plants produced light autonomously and light intensity was enhanced by the addition of aldehyde. That theluxA:luxB fusion has been optimized enables its use as a reporter for gene activity in plants during development and under various stress-inducing conditions. These results show that a specific protein from an introduced foreign gene can be produced with high efficiency in cultivated plants and such a system is therefore amenable for production of desired proteins through conventional farming methods.


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