Skip to main content

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

Buy Article:

$50.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)


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


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

More about this publication?
  • Published since 1954, this monthly journal contains new research in the field of microbiology including applied microbiology and biotechnology; microbial structure and function; fungi and other eucaryotic protists; infection and immunity; microbial ecology; physiology, metabolism and enzymology; and virology, genetics, and molecular biology. It also publishes review articles and notes on an occasional basis, contributed by recognized scientists worldwide.
  • Information for Authors
  • Submit a Paper
  • Subscribe to this Title
  • Terms & Conditions
  • Sample Issue
  • Reprints & Permissions
  • Ingenta Connect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites

Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more