Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Cataldo V.F., Salgado V., Saa P.A., Agosín E. (2020)

Genomic integration of unclonable gene expression cassettes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae using rapid cloning-free workflows

Revista : MicrobiologyOpen
Volumen : e978
Páginas : 9
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


Most DNA assembly methods require bacterial amplification steps, which restrict its application to genes that can be cloned in the bacterial host without significant toxic effects. However, unclonable genes in bacteria do not necessarily exert toxic effects on the final host. In order to tackle this issue, we adapted two DNA assembly workflows for rapid, cloning-free construction and genomic integration of expression cassettes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. One method is based on a modified Gibson assembly, while the other relies on a direct assembly and integration of linear PCR products by yeast homologous recombination. The methods require few simple experimental steps, and their performance was evaluated for the assembly and integration of unclonable zeaxanthin epoxidase expression cassettes in yeast. Results showed that up to 95% integration efficiency can be reached with minimal experimental effort. The presented workflows can be employed as rapid gene integration tools for yeast, especially tailored for integrating unclonable genes in bacterial hosts.