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Lecture 20

BIOL 5060 Lecture Notes - Lecture 20: Pombase, Model Organism, Leucine

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BIOL 5060

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Autonomously-Replicating plasmids
Developed to introduce DNA into cells and ALSO in the reverse
fashion (benefit over most other plasmids that cannot come back
out of the gene once they’ve been inserted)
o This tells if the plasmid is responsible for the behavior of the
o Or you can lose the original one, insert a new one and tell the
biological affect of the new one
Budding yeast- high copy and low copy number plasmids
o Centromere is only about 125 bp
o Micro centromere allows the low copy number of plasmids-
o Without a centromere, it can have a large copy number
Fission yeast- only high copy number plasmids
o Centromeres, depending on the chromosome, are about 50-
110 kb
o Huge centromeres (close to the size of mammals)—we don’t
have the ability to do low copy number of plasmids
Selectable markers- allow us to know which cells received a plasmid
o Often a gene of the biosynthetic pathway
o Nomenclature (genotypic and phenotypic)
Budding Yeast Nomenclature (genotype)
Underline or Italics= wild-type gene
Lowercase- recessive mutant allele
Leu2 ^(R37A)- means arginine at amino acid 37
is now adenine
LEU2-7- dominant mutant allele
Mutant because of allele number
Dominant because of caps
Leu2p- represents the protein (not underlined,
over the first letter is capitalized)
Leu2-3p- mutant protein
Fission Yeast (genotype)
ura4+- wild-type genes
we don’t use uppercase in fission yeast
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ura4-297- mutant allele
since we don’t use uppercase there’s no
way of indicating a dominant vs. recessive
ura4() and…
ura4-D18= deletion alleles
Phenotype nomenclature
Ura+/ Ura- - no numbers because we aren’t
referring to a gene; we are referring to the
behavior of a cell
- = cell will not grow unless we give it Ura
to do so
o Common selectable markers
Budding yeast
Fission yeast (pombe)
LEU2 (from S.cerevisiae; used in fission yeast to
complement a Leu1 mutation)
URA3+ and ura4+ both encode OMP decarboxylase
(part of uracil biosynthetic pathway)
By introducing these two genes to a URA3, or
ura4 mutant cell…?
These are both selectable and counter-selectable
Selectable marker- presence is required for
growth in medium lacking uracil
Counter-selection- absence is required for growth
in media containing 5-fluoro-orotic acid
The cell will take something up and die as it
is trying to make 5-fluoro-orotic acid into
5FOA kills the cells with the URA3 or ura4
plasmid to produce a collection of cells
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