Altered β-lactamase selection approach for site-directed mutagenesis

Academic Article


  • Many protocols exist to perform site-directed mutagenesis, and here we present one of the more commonly used ones—site-directed mutagenesis by altered β-lactamase selection. β-Lactamase is an enzyme that cleaves ampicillin, rendering it impotent to bacteria. Certain mutations in the active site of β-lactamase can alter the substrate specificity of the enzyme and allow it to have increased hydrolytic activity for the cephalosporin family of antibiotics, a property not shared by wild-type lactamases. E. coli cells carrying the β-lactamase triple mutant G238S:E240:R241G show increased resistance to cefotaxime and ceftriaxone, two cephalosporins, compared with wild-type cells. This protocol takes advantage of this property to select for plasmids that have undergone site-directed mutagenesis.
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    Author List

  • Forloni M; Liu AY; Wajapeyee N
  • Start Page

  • 670
  • End Page

  • 676
  • Volume

  • 2018
  • Issue

  • 8