Lighting up my life: A LOV-based fluorescent reporter for Campylobacter jejuni
In this study, a LOV-based fluorescent reporter (light, oxygen, or voltage-sensing domains of phototropin), termed iLOV, was adapted for Campylobacter jejuni and used to investigate promoter activity via monitoring fluorescence intensity and to study the localisation of two chemotaxis proteins. The pC46 complementation vector contains coding sequence from cj0046, a C. jejuni NCTC11168 pseudo-gene and is used to integrate cloned genes onto the C. jejuni chromosome. The pC46 vector was used to construct plasmids containing iLOV, driven by three different C. jejuni constitutive promoters and plasmids containing transcriptional fusions of the iLOV reporter and two chemoreceptors, tlp5 and tlp8. Expression from the porA promoter, pporA, produced the highest fluorescence signals compared to pfdxA (intermediate level) and pmetK (lowest level). The cellular localisation pattern of transducer-like protein (Tlp) clusters, containing Tlp5 and Tlp8, was predominately polar, with Tlp5 positioned only at one and Tlp8 at both poles. Here, we demonstrate that a iLOV fluorescent reporter can be used as a promoter probe or as a gene fusion reporter in Campylobacter spp. This is a new system uniquely placed for studying Campylobacter spp., as it combines resistance to photobleaching and functionality under microaerobic conditions.
Research in Microbiology
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