A toolbox of stable integration vectors in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe

J Cell Sci. 2020 Jan 8;133(1):jcs240754. doi: 10.1242/jcs.240754.


Schizosaccharomyces pombe is a widely used model organism to study many aspects of eukaryotic cell physiology. Its popularity as an experimental system partially stems from the ease of genetic manipulations, where the innate homology-targeted repair is exploited to precisely edit the genome. While vectors to incorporate exogenous sequences into the chromosomes are available, most are poorly characterized. Here, we show that commonly used fission yeast vectors, which upon integration produce repetitive genomic regions, give rise to unstable genomic loci. We overcome this problem by designing a new series of stable integration vectors (SIVs) that target four different prototrophy genes. SIVs produce non-repetitive, stable genomic loci and integrate predominantly as single copy. Additionally, we develop a set of complementary auxotrophic alleles that preclude false-positive integration events. We expand the vector series to include antibiotic resistance markers, promoters, fluorescent tags and terminators, and build a highly modular toolbox to introduce heterologous sequences. Finally, as proof of concept, we generate a large set of ready-to-use, fluorescent probes to mark organelles and cellular processes with a wide range of applications in fission yeast research.This article has an associated First Person interview with the first author of the paper.

Keywords: Fission yeast; Genome stability; Integrative vector; Molecular genetics; Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Genetic Vectors / genetics*
  • Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics*
  • Schizosaccharomyces / genetics*

Associated data

  • figshare/10.6084/m9.figshare.10689188.v1