Broad-host-range plasmid vector for the in vitro construction of transcriptional/translational lac fusions.Gene 1985; 34(2-3):219-26GENE
A broad-host-range plasmid was constructed that allows the in vitro formation of beta-galactosidase fusions. DNA from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas sphaeroides was cloned into this plasmid and a number of R. sphaeroides isolates were recovered that had varying levels of beta-galactosidase activity. beta-galactosidase antigenic activity from the fusion strains could be localized immunologically in polypeptides with an Mr of 120 000 or greater. Expression of beta-galactosidase activity under control of fusion derivatives was either very low or nonexistent in Escherichia coli relative to R. sphaeroides, indicating that R. sphaeroides promoters or translational start signals function poorly in E. coli.