Construction of pDUO: A bicistronic shuttle vector series for dual expression of recombinant proteins

Plasmid. 2017 Jan:89:16-21. doi: 10.1016/j.plasmid.2016.12.001. Epub 2016 Dec 16.


Our ability to genetically manipulate microbial systems is often hampered by the availability of genetic tools. Thus, there is a need for the continued expansion of our molecular tool box. In support of this expansion, this study reports the design, construction, and validation of a new bicistronic shuttle vector series, pDUO, for the dual expression of genes in different hosts. Each vector was designed and constructed to contain two araC-pBAD inducible promoter systems for tight control over gene expression. Each araC-pBAD promoter precedes a ribosomal binding site and a multicloning site (MCS). The 5' end of MCS1 contains a sequence encoding an affinity HIS-tag N-terminus and MCS2 terminates with a sequence encoding an affinity S-tag C-terminus for one-step purification of recombinant proteins encoded by the inserted genes. Both MCS are followed by an rrnBT1 and T2 transcriptional terminator sequence. Each vector in this series also contains a PBR322 and pRO1600-derived replicon to support replication in different host bacteria along with one of four different selectable markers. The functionality of the pDUO vector series was validated through the dual expression of oxalate biosynthetic component (obc) 1 and mrfp in Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas fluorescens. It is anticipated that this new vector series will facilitate functional studies as well as the engineering of bacterial strains for biotechnological purposes.

Keywords: Bicistronic; Expression system; Shuttle vector.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Gene Expression*
  • Gene Order
  • Genes, Bacterial
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Genetic Vectors / genetics*
  • Plasmids / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic
  • Recombinant Proteins / genetics*
  • Transgenes


  • Recombinant Proteins