The orotate transporter oroP from Lactococcus lactis can be used both as a very efficient, food-grade selection and counter-selection marker for strain construction in many different organisms

Els Marie Celine Defoor, Jan Martinussen

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    A new lactococcal plasmid, pDBORO, was isolated from the Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis biovar diacetylactis strain DB0410 responsible for the sensitivity of DB0410 towards the pyrimidine-analog 5´-fluoroorotate. The plasmid pDBORO complete nucleotide sequence has been determined. The open reading frame oroP on pDBORO necessary for the uptake of orotate was identified. A number of industrial important strains like Lactococcus lactis, Bacillus subtilus, and Bacillus licheniformis have been shown to be unable to metabolize orotate. If the oroP gene was introduced into these strains they acquired the ability to utilize orotate. If the strains had a pyrimidine requirement, the oroP gene could function as a selectable marker when growing in the presence of orotate as sole pyrimidine source. In an otherwise resistant strain, oroP was shown to sensitize the strain towards the analog 5-Fluoroorotate. It was shown that strains who have lost the oroP gene could easily be selected in the presence of 5-Fluoroorotate, thus being an efficient counter-selection marker. pyrimidine-requiring strain (pyr B, C or D) orotate negative Counter-selection marker: wild-type strain! Fluoro-orotate resistant Functional on the chromosome in single-copy and episomal in multi-copy Functional in Gram-negative bacteria - Escherichia coli Gram-positive bacteria - Lactococcus lactis, Bacillus subtilus.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2005
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventLAB 8 - Holland
    Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


    ConferenceLAB 8
    Period01/01/2005 → …

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