, Volume 251, Issue 1, pp 75-80

Stable transformation and regulated expression of an inducible reporter construct inCandida albicans using restriction enzyme-mediated integration

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To allow the regulated expression of cloned genes inCandida albicans, a plasmid was constructed using the inducible promoter of theC. albicans MAL2 gene. To demonstrate that theMAL2 promoter could regulate cloned genes placed under its control, a fusion construct was made with the coding sequence of theC. albicans URA3 gene. This plasmid was introduced into a Ura strain ofC. albicans using the process of restriction enzyme-mediated integration (REMI). This procedure involves the transformation of theBamHI-linearized plasmid in the presence ofBamHI enzyme. The majority of transformants generated contained insertions of the plasmid at chromosomalBamHI sites. All transformants examined were inducible forURA3 expression, which was determined by growth analysis and by measuring the level ofURA3 gene product activity. The Ura+ phenotype of the transformants was stable during growth under nonselective conditions. This system offers the advantages of stable transformation, easy recovery of integrated DNA, and inducible expression of genes inC. albicans.

Communicated by E. Cerdá-Olmedo
Deceased, December 15, 1995