Molecular biology reports

The reversed terminator of octopine synthase gene on the Agrobacterium Ti plasmid has a weak promoter activity in prokaryotes.

PMID 19669666


Agrobacterium tumefaciens transfers DNA from its Ti plasmid to plant host cells. The genes located within the transferred DNA of Ti plasmid including the octopine synthase gene (OCS) are expressed in plant host cells. The 3'-flanking region of OCS gene, known as OCS terminator, is widely used as a transcriptional terminator of the transgenes in plant expression vectors. In this study, we found the reversed OCS terminator (3'-OCS-r) could drive expression of hygromycin phosphotransferase II gene (hpt II) and beta-glucuronidase gene in Escherichia coli, and expression of hpt II in A. tumefaciens. Furthermore, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed that an open reading frame (ORF12) that is located downstream to the 3'-OCS-r was transcribed in A. tumefaciens, which overlaps in reverse with the coding region of the OCS gene in octopine Ti plasmid.