Light-Responsive Promoters

  • Maximilian Hörner
  • Konrad Müller
  • Wilfried WeberEmail author
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology book series (MIMB, volume 1651)


Recent advances in the development of light-inducible transgene expression systems have overcome many inherent drawbacks of conventional chemically regulated systems. The latest generation of those light-regulated systems that are specifically responsive to different wavelengths allows spatiotemporal control of gene expression in a so far unprecedented manner.

In this chapter, we first describe the available light-inducible gene expression systems compatible with mammalian cells and explain their underlying mechanisms. Afterward, we give a detailed protocol for the implementation of a UVB light-inducible expression system in mammalian cells.

Key words

Gene expression Light inducible Optogenetics Promoter Synthetic biology Transcription 



This work was supported by the Excellence Initiative of the German Federal and State Governments (EXC-294 and GRC-4) and the European Research Council under the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement n° 259043-CompBioMat.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maximilian Hörner
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Konrad Müller
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
  • Wilfried Weber
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of BiologyUniversity of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Spemann Graduate School of Biology and Medicine (SGBM)University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Centre for Biological Signalling Studies (BIOSS)University of FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  4. 4.Novartis Pharma AG, Biologics Technical Development and ManufacturingBaselSwitzerland

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