ScienceAsia 16 (1990): 055-075 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.1990.16.055
GENETIC MANIPULATION OF PENICILLIN ACYLASE IN BACILLUS SP.
WATANALAI PANBANGRED, SAUNG UDOMVARAPHUNT AND VITHAYA MEEVOOTISOM*
ABSTRACT: Localization of the Bacillus megaterium penicillin acylase (PAC) gene on plasmid pML V101 was done by using the transposition inactivation technique. The PAC gene was found to be about 3 Kb in length. Partial digestion of pML V101 with restriction enzyme HpaII produced a DNA fragment (F1) of 2.8 Kb. The F1 DNA and the plasmid vector pACYC184 (pBA3 and pBA32) allowed Escherichia coli transformants to produce PAC enzyme. A recombinant plasmid of F1 and the shuttle vector pHV33-2, pHBA33, allowed both E. coli and B. subtiIis host cells to produce PAC. All E. coli subclones (pBA3, pBA32 and pHBA33) produced about the same level of PAC enzyme activity as did E. coli which carried the plasmid pML V101. Recombinant B. subtilis which carried plasmid pHBA33 produced PAC extracellularly, but its activity was slightly lower than that produced by B. megaterium UN-1.
Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
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Received 26 March 1990