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A new method for multiple gene inactivations in Bacillus subtilis 168, producing a strain free of selectable markers

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Abstract:

This study describes a novel method for repeated gene inactivation in Bacillus subtilis 168. A B. subtilis strain (BS-PS) that is conditionally auxotrophic for lysine was obtained by replacing the PlysA promoter with the Pspac promoter. The homologous recombination integration vector PLC-T was constructed to contain lacI, which encodes a Pspac promoter repressor, and the chloromycetin resistance gene. Target genes were manipulated by generating an insertion sequence with two homologous arms and the target gene in PLC-T to create a specific integrating vector. Integration into the BS-PS chromosome occurred by a single crossover at either of the two homologous arms. The resulting transitional strain (BS-PS-PI) was chloromycetin resistant and lysine auxotrophic and had an unstable genome structure because of the duplication. Excision of lacI and chloromycetin resistance gene was achieved by a second single crossover at the duplication. Recovery of a lysine prototroph functioned as counter-selection and was identified by PCR. In this work, we inactivated nprE and aprE, two protease genes secreted by B. subtilis 168 free of selectable markers.

Keywords: Bacillus subtilis 168; aprE; gene inactivation; inactivation génique; nprE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/w11-035

Affiliations: Laboratory of Enzyme Engineering, College of Food Science and Technology, Nanjing Agriculture University, Nanjing 210095, the People’s Republic of China.

Publication date: May 21, 2011

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