Improved vectors for nisin-controlled expression in gram-positive bacteria

Plasmid. 2000 Sep;44(2):183-90. doi: 10.1006/plas.2000.1484.


A set of shuttle vectors, able to replicate in Escherichia coli and in gram-positive bacteria, containing a nisin-inducible promoter (PnisA) and genes encoding NisR and NisK, the two-component signaling mechanism for activating transcription from PnisA in the presence of nisin, was constructed. To test these vectors, Enterococcus faecalis pCF10 plasmid genes prgX, prgY, and prgZ, which respectively encode cytosolic, integral membrane, and cell surface proteins, were cloned downstream of PnisA. Increased protein expression, in the presence of nisin, was demonstrated by Western blot analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Base Sequence
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA Replication
  • Enterococcus faecalis / genetics*
  • Escherichia coli / genetics*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Bacterial* / drug effects
  • Genetic Vectors*
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / drug effects
  • Gram-Positive Bacteria / genetics*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nisin / metabolism*
  • Nisin / pharmacology
  • Plasmids / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic*
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Transcription Factors*
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • Bacterial Proteins
  • DNA Primers
  • Transcription Factors
  • nisR protein, Lactococcus lactis
  • Nisin