Kluyveromyces lactis rDNA as a target for multiple integration by homologous recombination

G. M. Rossolini, M. L. Riccio, E. Gallo, C. L. Galeotti

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Gene targeting to a single chromosomal locus has been extensively used in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In this study, we have analyzed targeting of a repetitive sequence, the 25 S rDNA gene, to the chromosomal rDNA cluster of Kluyveromyces lactis by the use of a replacement vector. We have obtained K. lactis transformants carrying multiple copies of the replacement cassette inserted into the rDNA chromosomal locus. Analysis of several transformants has shown that the number of integrated copies could range from 4 to 40. Moreover, the distribution of integration sites within the rDNA locus was found to differ in most transformants. Single-copy integration at multiple sites, rather than multicopy integration at a very limited number of sites, was found to be the most frequent event. Also, in most transformants, integration sites were distributed at random as well as in an orderly fashion i.e., in contiguous or alternate rDNA repeats, suggesting that amplification of the integrated sequences, rather than multiple integration events, may account for the copy number of insertions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-81
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 21 1992


  • gene amplification
  • lysozyme
  • protein secretion
  • repetitive sequences
  • Replacement vector
  • yeast

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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