Genotoxicity assay using chromosomally-integrated bacterial recA: Lux

Jiho Min, Man Bock Gu

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An Escherichia coli strain containing the recA promoter that fused to the luxCDABE operon originating from Photorhabdus luminescens was shown to respond sensitively to genotoxic stresses. Two different recombinant bacteria, one (DPD1657) harboring a plasmid with the recA promoter that fused to the luxCDABE operon, and the other (DPD1710) containing a chromosomally-integrated recA promoter that fused with luxCDABE, were compared and it was found that the sensitivity of the two strains was significantly different in terms of their bioluminescent level, response time, and the minimum detectable concentration of a chemical causing DNA damaging stress. DPD1710, with a chromosomally-integrated single copy, generally led to lower basal luminescence levels, faster responses, increased response ratios, and an enhanced sensitivity to mutagens, when compared to DPD1657 with a multi-copy plasmid.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-103
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of microbiology and biotechnology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Feb
Externally publishedYes


  • Chromosomal integration
  • Genotoxicity
  • Sensitivity
  • recA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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