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Cloning and expression of beta-glucosidase genes in Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae using shuttle vector pYES 2.0.

National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Faisalabad, Pakistan.
Folia Microbiologica (Impact Factor: 1.15). 02/1998; 43(2):129-35. DOI: 10.1007/BF02816497
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ABSTRACT Genes for beta-glucosidase (Bgl) isolated from a genomic library of the cellulolytic bacterium, Cellulomonas biazotea, were cloned in pUC18 in its SacI cloning site and transformed to E. coli. Ten putative recombinants showed blackening zones on esculin plates, yellow zones on pNPG plates, in liquid culture and on native polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis activity gels. They fell into three distinct groups. Three representative E. coli clones carried recombinant plasmids designated pRM54, pRM1 and pRM17. The genes were located on 5.6-, 3.7- and 1.84-kb fragments, respectively. Their location was obtained by deletion analysis which revealed that 5.5, 3.2, and 1.8 kb fragments were essential to code for BglA, BglB, and BglC, respectively, and conferred intracellular production of beta-glucosidase on E. coli. Expression of the bgl genes resulted in overproduction of beta-glucosidase in the three clones. Secretion occurred into the periplasmic fractions. Three inserts carrying bgl genes from the representative recombinant E. coli were isolated with SacI, ligated in the shuttle vector pYES 2.0 in its SacI site and transformed to E. coli and S. cerevisiae. The recombinant plasmids were redesignated pRPG1, pRPG2 and pRPG3 coding for BglA1, BglB1 and BglC1. The cloned genes conferred extracellular production of beta-glucosidase on S. cerevisiae and enabled it to grow on cellobiose and salicin. The gall promoter of shuttle vector pYES 2.0 enabled the organisms to produce twice more beta-glucosidase than that supported by the lacZ-promoter of pUC18 plasmid in E. coli. The cloned gene can be used as a selection marker for introducing recombinant plasmids in wild strains of S. cerevisiae. The enzyme produced by bgl+ yeast and E. coli recombinants resembles that of the donor with respect to temperature and pH requirement for maximum activity. Other enzyme properties of the beta-glucosidases from S. cerevisiae were substantially the same as those from C. biazotea.

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