Construction of shuttle vectors capable of conjugative transfer from Escherichia coli to nitrogen-fixing filamentous cyanobacteria

C. P. Wolk, A. Vonshak, P. Kehoe, J. Elhai

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Wild-type cyanobacteria of the genus Anabaena are capable of oxygenic photosynthesis, differentiation of cells called heterocysts at semiregular intervals along the cyanobacterial filaments, and aerobic nitrogen fixation by the heterocysts. To foster analysis of the physiological processes characteristic of these cyanobacteria, we have constructed a family of shuttle vectors capable of replication and selection in Escherichia coli and, in unaltered form, in several strains of Anabaena. Highly efficient conjugative transfer of these vectors from E. coli to Anabaena is dependent upon the presence of broad host-range plasmid RP-4 and of helper plasmids. The shuttle vectors contain portions of plasmid pBR322 required for replication and mobilization, with sites for Anabaena restriction enzymes deleted; cyanobacterial replicon pDU1, which lacks such sites; and determinants for resistance to chloramphenicol, streptomycin, neomycin, and erythromycin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1561-1565
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1984
Externally publishedYes


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