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Gene. 1993 Aug 16;130(1):41-6.

Engineering of alkyl- and haloaromatic-responsive gene expression with mini-transposons containing regulated promoters of biodegradative pathways of Pseudomonas.

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Centro de Investigaciones Biol├│gicas CSIC, Madrid, Spain.


Four recombinant mini-Tn5 transposons are described which contain outward-facing Pm, Pu or Psal promoters from the catabolic plasmids TOL and NAH of Pseudomonas putida, along with their cognate wild-type regulatory genes (xylS, xylR, nahR) or mutant varieties (xylS2). Transcription from such promoters is activated when the host bacteria encounters certain aromatic compounds, such as alkyl- and halobenzoates (XylS, XylS2), alkyl- and halotoluenes (XylR) or salicylates (NahR). These transposons enable the generation of conditional phenotypes dependent on the presence of specific effectors, as well as the engineering of strains expressing heterologous genes that are regulated by aromatic inducers. A mini-Tn5 xylS/Pm::luxAB, was used to construct Pseudomonas strains emitting light upon exposure to concentrations of m-toluate as low as 5-10 microM. The broad-host-range transposition system of Tn5 and the stability of the inserted genes due to the loss of the transposase-encoding gene during delivery of the mobile element make these transposons particularly well suited for the construction of stable strains exhibiting halo/alkyl aromatic-regulated conditional phenotypes in the absence of antibiotic selection, as is required for some uncontained bioremediation and biomonitoring applications.

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