Journal article

Novel luciferase reporter system for in vitro and organ-specific monitoring of differential gene expression in Listetia monocytogenes

PA Bron, IR Monk, SC Corr, C Hill, CGM Gahan

Applied and Environmental Microbiology | AMER SOC MICROBIOLOGY | Published : 2006

Abstract

In this paper we describe construction of a luciferase-based vector, pPL2lux, and use of this vector to study gene expression in Listeria monocytogenes. pPL2lux is a derivative of the listerial integration vector pPL2 and harbors a synthetic luxABCDE operon encoding a fatty acid reductase complex (LuxCDE) involved in synthesis of the fatty aldehyde substrate for the bioluminescence reaction catalyzed by the LuxAB luciferase. We constructed pPL2lux derivatives in which the secA and hlyA promoters were translationally fused to luxABCDE and integrated as a single copy into the chromosome of L. monocytogenes EGD-e. Growth experiments revealed that hlyA was expressed predominantly in the stationa..

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