, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 337–343 | Cite as

A single plasmid transfection that offers a significant advantage associated with puromycin selection, fluorescence-assisted cell sorting, and doxycycline-inducible protein expression in mammalian cells

  • Takayuki IwakiEmail author
  • Kazuo Umemura
Brief Report


Although there are several inducible expression systems for mammalian cells, the most reliable one is the tetracycline-regulated expression system. This system is well-established and widely used by many researchers. Although Clontech provides several types of cells that stably express reverse tetracycline transactivator (rtTA), the cells that are not provided can be generated with pTet-On-Advanced by first integrating this plasmid into the require type of cell and then introducing the genes of interest. These processes are experimental bottlenecks. To improve this situation, we synthesized an all-in-one vector, termed pMAK17, which enables constitutive expression of puromycin N-acetyltransferase, modified Discosoma red fluorescent protein, and rtTA, as well as PTight-driven enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP). The pMAK17-transfected cells could be successfully induced to express EGFP, were selectable by fluorescence-activated cell sorting, and displayed puromycin resistance.


DsRED2 Inducible rtTA Puromycin Selection Single plasmid 



We would like to thank Dr. Hironori Yamamoto for providing OK-P cells, and Mr. Kiyoshi Shibata for his technical assistance with the FACS analysis. This work was supported in part by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI 20890093 and 22790247, and the Uehara Memorial Foundation (to T.I.).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PharmacologyHamamatsu University School of MedicineShizuokaJapan

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