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Thymidine salvage in Pseudomonas stutzeri and Pseudomonas aeruginosa provided by heterologous expression of Escherichia coli thymidine kinase gene.

By C A Carlson, G J Stewart and J L Ingraham


Unlike enteric bacteria, Pseudomonas spp. generally lack thymidine phosphorylase and thymidine kinase activities, thus preventing their utilization of exogenous thymine or thymidine and precluding specific radioactive labeling of their DNA in vivo. To overcome this limitation, a DNA fragment encoding thymidine kinase (EC from Escherichia coli was cloned into pKT230, a small, broad-host-range plasmid derived from plasmid RSF1010. From transformed E. coli colonies, the recombinant plasmid bearing the thymidine kinase gene was conjugally transferred to Pseudomonas stutzeri, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas mendocina, Pseudomonas alcaligenes, and Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes. Thymidine kinase activity was expressed in all of these species, and all gained the ability to incorporate exogenous [2-14C]thymidine into their DNA. Thymidine incorporation into P. stutzeri was enhanced 12-fold more in mutants lacking thymidylate synthetase activity. These mutants produced higher levels of thymidine kinase and were thymidine auxotrophs; thymineless death resulted from removal of thymidine from a growing culture

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1985
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:219111
Provided by: PubMed Central
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