Tet resistance

Bodo Rak rak at sun1.ruf.uni-freiburg.de
Fri Dec 13 13:21:36 EST 1991


>The tetracycline resistance gene on pBR322 and that on transposon Tn10 are
>different, so (clearly) there are at least 2 different resistance genes.
>It is possible to select against tet-resistance due to Tn10 using
>Fusaric Acid and ZnCl2, using heat-denatured chlortetracycline to induce
>the resistance. This procedure works because of a reduction in the
>membrane's permeability to Tet, which makes the membrane *more* permeable
>to Fusaric Acid.
>BUT, this selection doesn't work against pBR322. So, presumably, the tet
>resistance on pBR322 doesn't work in the same way.

>Hope this is of some help,

>Robin Walters                    Robert Hill Institute,
>                                 Dept. of Mol. Biol. & Biotech,
>BI1RGW at IBM.SHEF.AC.UK            Univ. of Sheffield,
>                                 U.K.

I haven't seen the original posting and therefore do not know 
the original question. I would, however, like to correct
Robin Walters. The method to select against tet resistance has been 
described in: Bochner, Huang, Schieven and Ames (1980) J. Bact. 
9143:926-933. The authors found that it works nicely against pBR322 
and its derivatives. We can confirm this. We use the method (which 
is known as the "Bochner" selection) routinely and with good success 
to cure E.coli from pBR322. Of course we don't add chlortetracycline 
because the tet resistance gene of pBR322 is expressed constitutively. 
As far as I know the mechanism of the Bochner selection is still unclear. 
For a discussion of the possible mechanism see the paper cited above. 

Hope this is of additional help  :)

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