Activity of native vs. synthetic promoters in Brucella Academic Article uri icon


  • Brucellosis caused by Brucella species is reportedly the most common zoonotic infection worldwide. The bacterial pathogen is also classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a category (B) pathogen that has the potential for development as a bioweapon. Although eight genomes of Brucella have been sequenced, little information is available regarding the regulation of gene expression and promoter activity in Brucella spp. We therefore constructed a set of broad-host-range vectors expressing the lacZ reporter gene from various promoters. Four groups of promoters (Brucella native, antibiotic resistant, bacteriophage and synthetic promoters) were tested in vivo and in vitro in Brucella suis. The highest level of heterologous gene expression was achieved with synthetic hybrid trc promoter carrying the adenine-rich upstream element. Furthermore, this demonstrates the usefulness of synthetic promoters for enhanced level of gene expression in Brucella spp.

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  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Seleem, M. N., Jain, N., Alqublan, H., Vemulapalli, R., Boyle, S. M., & Sriranganathan, N.

citation count

  • 7

publication date

  • September 2008