Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species

Nicole Buan, Gargi Kulkarni, William Metcalf

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Abstract

Unlike most methanogenic microorganisms, Methanosarcina species are capable of utilizing a variety of growth substrates, a trait that greatly simplifies genetic analysis of the methanogenic process. The genetic tools and techniques discussed in this chapter form the basis for all genetic experiments in Methanosarcina acetivorans C2A and Methanosarcina barkeri Fusaro, two methanogens that are routinely used as model organisms for genetic experiments. Based on a number of reports, it is likely that they are portable to other Methanosarcina species, and perhaps to other methanogens as well. Here, we outline the procedures for high-efficiency transformation using liposomes, gene expression from a plasmid, and exploitation of homologous and site-specific recombination to add and delete genes from the chromosome. Finally, we outline the method for testing whether a gene is essential. These methods can be adapted and combined in any number of ways to design genetic experiments in Methanosarcina.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Enzymology
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Pages23-42
Number of pages20
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

Publication series

NameMethods in Enzymology
Volume494
ISSN (Print)0076-6879

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Methanosarcina
Methanogens
Genes
Methanosarcina barkeri
Experiments
Chromosomes
Genetic Techniques
Gene expression
Liposomes
Microorganisms
Genetic Models
Essential Genes
Plasmids
Genetic Recombination
Testing
Substrates
Gene Expression
Growth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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Buan, N., Kulkarni, G., & Metcalf, W. (2011). Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species. In Methods in Enzymology (pp. 23-42). (Methods in Enzymology; Vol. 494). Academic Press Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385112-3.00002-0

Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species. / Buan, Nicole; Kulkarni, Gargi; Metcalf, William.

Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press Inc., 2011. p. 23-42 (Methods in Enzymology; Vol. 494).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Buan, N, Kulkarni, G & Metcalf, W 2011, Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species. in Methods in Enzymology. Methods in Enzymology, vol. 494, Academic Press Inc., pp. 23-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385112-3.00002-0
Buan N, Kulkarni G, Metcalf W. Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species. In Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press Inc. 2011. p. 23-42. (Methods in Enzymology). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-385112-3.00002-0
Buan, Nicole ; Kulkarni, Gargi ; Metcalf, William. / Genetic methods for Methanosarcina species. Methods in Enzymology. Academic Press Inc., 2011. pp. 23-42 (Methods in Enzymology).
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