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BMC Molecular Biology

, 8:17

First Online: 05 March 2007Received: 02 October 2006Accepted: 05 March 2007


BackgroundPotato virus X has been developed into an expression vector for plants. It is widely used to express foreign genes. In molecular manipulation, the foreign genes need to be sub-cloned into the vector. The constructed plasmid needs to be amplified. Usually, during amplification stage, the foreign genes are not expressed. However, if the foreign gene is expressed, the construction work could be interrupted. Two different viral genes were sub-cloned into the vector, but only one foreign gene was successfully sub-cloned. The other foreign gene, canine parvovirus type 2 CPV-2 VP1 could not be sub-cloned into the vector and amplified without mutation frame shift mutation.

ResultsA cryptic promoter in the PVX vector was discovered with RT-PCR. The promoter activity was studied with Northern blots and Real-time RT-PCR.

ConclusionIt is important to recognize the homologous promoter sequences in the vector when a virus is developed as an expression vector. During the plasmid amplification stage, an unexpected expression of the CPV-2 VP1 gene not in the target plants, but in E. coli can interrupt the downstream work.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2199-8-17 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Author: Yuyuan Guo - Thomas L German - Ronald D Schultz

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