Regulated expression of plant tRNA genes by the prokaryotic tet and lac repressors. Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The prokaryotic tet operator (tetO) sequence was inserted at positions upstream and downstream of sequences encoding the Arabidopsis thaliana tRNA(Lys)AUC or tRNA(Trp)AUC suppressor tRNAs, and tRNA expression in carrot protoplasts was measured by translational suppression of a nonsense codon in a luciferase reporter gene. Regulation of tRNA expression by the tetracycline repressor (tetR) occurred from genes with the tetO inserted at position -1 (for the tRNA(Trp)AUC gene), or at positions -2, -6 and -10 (for the tRNA(Lys)AUC gene), and repression reached 90%. The inducer tetracycline (Tc) restored tRNA expression. Similarly, carrot protoplasts transfected with human tRNA(Ser)AUC genes containing the lac operator (lacO) in their 5'-flanking sequence with or without the lac repressor (lacI) gene, conditionally expressed tRNAs which suppressed the luciferase reporter. Up to 30-fold repression occurred by the lactose repressor when lacO was located at position -1 of the tRNA(Ser)AUC coding sequence. In the presence of the inducer isopropyl-beta-thiogalactoside (IPTG), repression was relieved. These results demonstrate that sequences flanking tRNA genes can strongly influence tRNA expression in plants, and in a conditional fashion when bound by inducible proteins.

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  • 1997

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