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A plasmid encoding a combination of mosquito-larvicidal genes from Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis and Bacillus sphaericus confers toxicity against a broad range of mosquito larvae when expressed in Gram-negative bacteria



A plasmid encoding a combination of mosquito-larvicidal genes from Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis and Bacillus sphaericus confers toxicity against a broad range of mosquito larvae when expressed in Gram-negative bacteria



FEMS Microbiology Letters 228(2): 259-263



A recombinant plasmid harboring cry4A, cry4B and cry11A from Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis and binary toxin genes from Bacillus sphaericus has been constructed. The three cry genes were placed under the control of the cry4B promoter whereas the binary toxin gene was controlled by its native promoter. The expression of toxins in Escherichia coli harboring the resulting plasmid, p4BDA-5142, was investigated. Cry4B expression was highest compared to other toxins. Although the level of toxin expression was low compared with E. coli expressing single toxins, the recombinant E. coli strain harboring p4BDA-5142 exhibited broad range mosquito-larvicidal activity against all Aedes, Culex and Anopheles larvae. This work has shown that the development of the recombinant plasmid can be used to broaden the host range spectrum of the appropriate bacterial host for mosquito control.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0378-1097(03)00780-8


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