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Abstract A fusion plasmid, pRKC, was constructed, using pACYC184, RSF1010 and a kanamycin-resistance cartridge from pUC4K, to convey thecryIA(a) gene intoAzospirillum spp. With the pRKC plasmid, the number of putative transconjugants obtained inA. lipoferum was about 300-fold higher than inA. brasilense. Conjugation frequency and plasmid stability inA. lipoferum were less for pBTF8, which carries thecryIA(a) gene in the correct orientation for a constitutive promoter, than for pBTF9, which carries the gene in the opposite orientation. Expression of thecryIA(a) gene was not apparent in SDS-PAGE analysis ofA. lipoferum transconjugants harbouring pBTF8. However,Escherichia coli transformants with the pBTF8 rescued fromA. lipoferum transconjugants produced an approximately 135 kDa Cry protein, indicating that thecry gene is intact in the transconjugants.
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