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Use of a halobacterial bgaH reporter gene to analyse the regulation of gene expression in halophilic archaea.

Gregor, D. and Pfeifer, Felicitas (2001):
Use of a halobacterial bgaH reporter gene to analyse the regulation of gene expression in halophilic archaea.
In: Microbiology (Reading, England), 147 (Pt 7), pp. 1745-54. ISSN 1350-0872,
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Abstract

The bgaH reading frame encoding a beta-galactosidase of 'Haloferax alicantei' was used as a reporter gene to investigate three different promoter regions derived from gvpA genes of Haloferax mediterranei (mc-gvpA) and Halobacterium salinarum (c-gvpA and p-gvpA) in Haloferax volcanii transformants. The fusion of bgaH at the start codon of each gvpA reading frame (A1-bgaH fusion genes) caused translational problems in some cases. Transformants containing constructs with fusions further downstream in the gvpA reading frame (A-bgaH) produced beta-galactosidase, and colonies on agar plates turned blue when sprayed with X-Gal. The beta-galactosidase activities quantified by standard ONPG assays correlated well with the mRNA data determined with transformants containing the respective gvpA genes: the cA-bgaH fusion gene was completely inactive, the mcA-bgaH transformants showed low amounts of products, whereas the pA-bgaH fusion gene was constitutively expressed in the respective transformants. The transcription of each A-bgaH gene was activated by the homologous transcriptional activator protein GvpE. The cGvpE, pGvpE and mcGvpE proteins were able to activate the promoter of pA-bgaH and mcA-bgaH, whereas the promoter of cA-bgaH was only activated by cGvpE. Among the three GvpE proteins tested, cGvpE appeared to be the strongest transcriptional activator.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2001
Creators: Gregor, D. and Pfeifer, Felicitas
Title: Use of a halobacterial bgaH reporter gene to analyse the regulation of gene expression in halophilic archaea.
Language: English
Abstract:

The bgaH reading frame encoding a beta-galactosidase of 'Haloferax alicantei' was used as a reporter gene to investigate three different promoter regions derived from gvpA genes of Haloferax mediterranei (mc-gvpA) and Halobacterium salinarum (c-gvpA and p-gvpA) in Haloferax volcanii transformants. The fusion of bgaH at the start codon of each gvpA reading frame (A1-bgaH fusion genes) caused translational problems in some cases. Transformants containing constructs with fusions further downstream in the gvpA reading frame (A-bgaH) produced beta-galactosidase, and colonies on agar plates turned blue when sprayed with X-Gal. The beta-galactosidase activities quantified by standard ONPG assays correlated well with the mRNA data determined with transformants containing the respective gvpA genes: the cA-bgaH fusion gene was completely inactive, the mcA-bgaH transformants showed low amounts of products, whereas the pA-bgaH fusion gene was constitutively expressed in the respective transformants. The transcription of each A-bgaH gene was activated by the homologous transcriptional activator protein GvpE. The cGvpE, pGvpE and mcGvpE proteins were able to activate the promoter of pA-bgaH and mcA-bgaH, whereas the promoter of cA-bgaH was only activated by cGvpE. Among the three GvpE proteins tested, cGvpE appeared to be the strongest transcriptional activator.

Journal or Publication Title: Microbiology (Reading, England)
Journal volume: 147
Number: Pt 7
Divisions: 10 Department of Biology > Microbiology and Archaea
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Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 10:34
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