New strategy to improve efficiency for gene replacement in Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Research paper by Dong D Wei, Junsong J Sun, Jiping J Shi, Pengfu P Liu, Jian J Hao

Indexed on: 13 Mar '13Published on: 13 Mar '13Published in: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology


We previously reported the method for introducing gene replacement into Klebsiella pneumoniae through Red-assisted homologous recombination; and it demonstrated that a higher transformation efficiency required long flanking arms at both ends of the linear DNA. The assembly job of the linear DNA is usually time-consuming and laborious. We report here an innovative method for DNA exchange in K. pneumoniae based on PCR-mediated Red recombination. The novel procedure enables rapid gene replacement in K. pneumoniae without prior cloning of the gene of interest; the key modification is to perform PCR reaction to generate linear DNA with extra non-homologous fragments on both ends as mercenary sequences which come from a TA-cloning plasmid. We give a demonstration by deleting the gene dhak1 in K. pneumoniae with high efficiency of about 20 CFU/μg DNA using the new technique.