Energy transfer between fluorescent proteins using a co-expression system in Mycobacterium smegmatis

Academic Article


  • The goal of this study was to establish a two-plasmid co-expression system for Mycobacterium smegmatis. Two vectors with compatible origins of replication and a polylinker, which allows modular cloning of promoters and genes, were constructed and used to clone genes encoding a blue fluorescent protein (BFP) and a green fluorescent protein (GFP). A 160-fold variation of GFP expression levels in M. smegmatis was achieved by combining three promoters with different copy numbers of the vectors. An efficient energy transfer between BFP and GFP in M. smegmatis was observed by fluorescence measurements and demonstrated that these genes were simultaneously expressed from both vectors. Thus, these vectors will be valuable for all strategies where co-expression of proteins in M. smegmatis is needed, e.g. for constructing a two-hybrid system or for deleting essential genes. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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  • Gene  Journal
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    Author List

  • Kaps I; Ehrt S; Seeber S; Schnappinger D; Martin C; Riley LW; Niederweis M
  • Start Page

  • 115
  • End Page

  • 124
  • Volume

  • 278
  • Issue

  • 1-2