High-Throughput Allelic Replacement Screening in Bacillus subtilis
Site-directed mutagenesis is a key tool in the analysis of biological mechanisms. We have established an efficient and systematic gene targeting strategy for Bacillus subtilis based on the Golden Gate cloning methodology. Our approach permits the introduction of single or multiple point mutations or of heavily engineered alleles into the endogenous gene locus in a single step using a 96-well microtiter plate format. We have successfully applied this system for high-throughput functional screening of resized variants of the Structural Maintenance of Chromosome (Smc) protein and for exhaustive cysteine cross-linking mutagenesis. Here we describe, in detail, the experimental setup for high-throughput introduction of modifications into the B. subtilis chromosome. With minor modifications, the approach should be applicable to other bacteria and yeast.
Key wordsGolden Gate assembly Bacillus subtilis Gene targeting High-throughput screening Cysteine scanning
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