Expanding and understanding the genetic toolbox of the hyperthermophilic genus Sulfolobus

Biochem Soc Trans. 2009 Feb;37(Pt 1):97-101. doi: 10.1042/BST0370097.


Although Sulfolobus species are among the best studied archaeal micro-organisms, the development and availability of genetic tools has lagged behind. In the present paper, we discuss the latest progress in understanding recombination events of exogenous DNA into the chromosomes of Sulfolobus solfataricus and Sulfolobus acidocaldarius and their application in the construction of targeted-deletion mutant strains.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Chromosomes, Archaeal / genetics
  • Crossing Over, Genetic
  • DNA, Archaeal / genetics
  • Gene Deletion
  • Genetic Techniques*
  • Mutagenesis, Insertional
  • Plasmids / genetics
  • Sulfolobus / genetics*


  • DNA, Archaeal