Journal article

The ClosTron: A universal gene knock-out system for the genus Clostridium

John T Heap, Oliver J Pennington, Stephen T Cartman, Glen P Carter, Nigel P Minton

JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGICAL METHODS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2007

Abstract

Progress in exploiting clostridial genome information has been severely impeded by a general lack of effective methods for the directed inactivation of specific genes. Those few mutants that have been generated have been almost exclusively derived by single crossover integration of a replication-deficient or defective plasmid by homologous recombination. The mutants created are therefore unstable. Here we have adapted a mutagenesis system based on the mobile group II intron from the ltrB gene of Lactococcus lactis (Ll.ltrB) to function in clostridial hosts. Integrants are readily selected on the basis of acquisition of resistance to erythromycin, and are generated from start to finish in as ..

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