Characterization of the ecdysone agonist-inducible promoter and the ethanol inducible promoter in Catharanthus roseus hairy roots

Christie A. Peebles, Susan I. Gibson, Jacqueline V. Shanks, Ka Yiu San

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Abstract

Catharanthus roseus produces two valuable anticancer drugs, vinblastine and vincristine, in small quantities within the plant. Their commercial importance in fighting lymphoma and leukemia has led researchers to study the enzymes and genes necessary for the production of the terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs). Our laboratory is interested in the metabolic engineering of the pathways leading to the TIAs and the effects in C. roseus hairy roots. The TIA pathway involves the coupling of secologanin from the terpenoid pathway with tryptamine from the indole pathway by strictosidine synthase. Previously in our laboratory we have characterized the glucocorticoid inducible promoter in C. roseus hairy roots. This promoter demonstrated activity with low basal expression, high inducibility, and a dose-dependent response. The availability of this inducible promoter has facilitated improved metabolic engineering studies by allowing for the investigation of temporal effects, providing an improved negative control against clonal variation, and avoiding potentially deleterious effects of constitutive expression. The need to study the individual and combined effect of multiple gene manipulations within C. roseus hairy roots has led us to explore the use of other inducible promoters within our system. This presentation will discuss the use of the ecdysone agonist-inducible promoter and the ethanol inducible promoter in C. roseus hairy roots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication05AIChE
Subtitle of host publication2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase, Conference Proceedings
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase - Cincinnati, OH, United States
Duration: Oct 30 2005Nov 4 2005

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Other05AIChE: 2005 AIChE Annual Meeting and Fall Showcase
CountryUnited States
CityCincinnati, OH
Period10/30/0511/4/05

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