The purpose of this study was to create single-copy gene expression systems for use in genomic manipulations of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) clinical isolates of Acinetobacter baumannii. In this study, mini-Tn7 vectors with zeocin and apramycin selection markers were created by cloning the ble and aac(3)-IV genes, respectively, enabling either inducible gene expression (pUC18T-mini-Tn7T-Zeo-LAC and pUC18T-mini-Tn7T-Apr-LAC) or expression from native or constitutive promoters (pUC18T-mini-Tn7T-Zeo and pUC18T-mini- Tn7T-Apr). The selection markers of these plasmids are contained within a Flp recombinase target (FRT) cassette, which can be used to obtain unmarked mini-Tn7 insertions upon introduction of a source of Flp recombinase. To this end, site-specific excision vectors pFLP2A and pFLP2Z (containing apramycin and zeocin selection markers, respectively) were created in this study as an accessory to the mini-Tn7 vectors described above. Combinations of these novel mini-Tn7 plasmids and their compatible pFLP2Z or pFLP2A accessory plasmid were used to generate unmarked insertions in MDR clinical isolates of A. baumannii. In addition, several fluorescent markers were cloned and inserted into MDR and XDR clinical isolates of A. baumannii via these apramycin and zeocin mini-Tn7 constructs to demonstrate their application.
- Gene expression
- Single copy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology