Construction and initial characterization of a luminescent Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 Fe-dependent bioreporter
FEMS Microbiology Letters
Bioluminescence, Bioreporter, Cyanobacteria, Fe deficiency, Lake Erie, Synechococcus
A Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 bioreporter strain capable of sensing bioavailable Fe was constructed by fusing the Fe-responsive isiAB promoter to the Vibrio harveyi luxAB genes. Monitoring luxAB-dependent luminescence through the growth curve demonstrated that in Fe-replete media, transcription from the isiAB promoter was induced transiently in the mid-exponential phase of growth. The initiation of transcription was the functional response to a 10-fold depletion of intracellular Fe to ∼12 amol Fe per cell. Constitutive isiAB-dependent transcription was observed in Fe-depleted growth media. A dose-response relationship of the bioreporter was generated using trace metal-buffered Fraquil medium and was best represented by a sigmoidal curve having a linear component extending between pFe 21.1 (Fe3+=10-21.1 M) and pFe 20.6 (Fe3+=10-20.6 M). Initial field trials conducted using water sampled from Lake Erie demonstrate that the bioreporter can serve as a quantitative tool to assess Fe deficiency in natural freshwater environments. © 2002 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Durham, Kathryn A.; Porta, David; Twiss, Michael R.; McKay, R. Michael L.; and Bullerjahn, George S.. (2002). Construction and initial characterization of a luminescent Synechococcus sp. PCC 7942 Fe-dependent bioreporter. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 209 (2), 215-221.