Chapter 60 : Reporter Gene Systems Useful in Evaluating In Situ Gene Expression by Soil-and Plant-Associated Bacteria

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This chapter focuses on those reporter gene systems that are useful in assessing the in situ transcriptional activities of promoters in bacterial cells in soil or associated with plant tissues or surfaces. More recently, reporter gene systems that are useful in assessing in situ gene expression by bacteria in natural habitats have been described. Due to the ease and sensitivity of its detection and the large number of plasmid vectors and transposons available for making transcriptional and translational fusions, is probably the most common reporter gene used in studies of gene regulation by bacteria in culture. has also been useful in assessing gene expression by bacterial pathogens and symbionts of plants, especially in resolving spatial patterns of in situ transcriptional activity of bacterial cells. The reporter was used successfully to study in situ gene expression by inhabiting the rhizosphere. Reporter gene systems provide an excellent opportunity for microbiologists to gain new perspectives on the activities of bacteria inhabiting natural substrates, including their expression of specific genes, their recognition of environmental signals, their metabolic activities, and the chemical nature of the habitats that they occupy. A number of innovative and complementary reporter gene systems that are useful in environmental microbiology are now available. The discussion in this chapter focuses on the ice nucleation and green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter genes, which have several unique attributes that make them extremely useful in studies evaluating in situ gene expression by bacteria inhabiting natural environments.

Citation: Leveau J, Loper J, Lindow S. 2007. Reporter Gene Systems Useful in Evaluating In Situ Gene Expression by Soil-and Plant-Associated Bacteria , p 734-747. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch60
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Accumulation of fluorescent GFP in bioreporter cells can be compared to the traffic situation depicted here. See the text for an explanation.

Citation: Leveau J, Loper J, Lindow S. 2007. Reporter Gene Systems Useful in Evaluating In Situ Gene Expression by Soil-and Plant-Associated Bacteria , p 734-747. In Hurst C, Crawford R, Garland J, Lipson D, Mills A, Stetzenbach L (ed), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555815882.ch60
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