Marker rescue is an important molecular technique that enables sequential gene deletions. The Cre-loxP recombination system has been used for marker gene rescue in various organisms, including aspergilli. However, this system requires many time-consuming steps, including construction of a Cre expression plasmid, introduction of the plasmid, and Cre expression in the transformant. To circumvent this laborious process, we investigated a method wherein Cre could be directly introduced into Aspergillus oryzae protoplasts on carrier DNA such as a fragment or plasmid. In this study, we define the carrier DNA (Cre carrier) as a carrier for the Cre enzyme. A mixture of commercial Cre and nucleic acids (e.g., pUG6 plasmid) was introduced into A. oryzae protoplasts using a modified protoplast-polyethylene glycol method, resulting in the deletion of a selectable marker gene flanked by loxP sites. By using this method, we readily constructed a marker gene-rescued strain lacking ligD to optimize homologous recombination. Furthermore, we succeeded in integrative recombination at a loxP site in A. oryzae. Thus, we developed a simple method to use the Cre-loxP recombination system in A. oryzae by direct introduction of Cre into protoplasts using DNA as a carrier for the enzyme.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology