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Development of a heat-shock inducible gene expression system in the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae.

Sumiya N, Fujiwara T, Kobayashi Y, Misumi O, Miyagishima SY - PLoS ONE (2014)

Bottom Line: At least a 30-min heat shock is required for the expression of a protein of interest and a 60-min heat shock yields the maximum level of protein expression.After the heat shock, the mRNA level decreases rapidly.Expression of the dominant negative DRP5B resulted in the appearance of aberrant-shaped cells in which two daughter chloroplasts and the cells are still connected by a small DRP5B positive tube-like structure.

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Affiliation: Center for Frontier Research, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan; Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST, Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan.

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The cell of the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae contains a single chloroplast and mitochondrion, the division of which is tightly synchronized by a light/dark cycle. The genome content is extremely simple, with a low level of genetic redundancy, in photosynthetic eukaryotes. In addition, transient transformation and stable transformation by homologous recombination have been reported. However, for molecular genetic analyses of phenomena that are essential for cellular growth and survival, inducible gene expression/suppression systems are needed. Here, we report the development of a heat-shock inducible gene expression system in C. merolae. CMJ101C, encoding a small heat shock protein, is transcribed only when cells are exposed to an elevated temperature. Using a superfolder GFP as a reporter protein, the 200-bp upstream region of CMJ101C orf was determined to be the optimal promoter for heat-shock induction. The optimal temperature to induce expression is 50°C, at which C. merolae cells are able to proliferate. At least a 30-min heat shock is required for the expression of a protein of interest and a 60-min heat shock yields the maximum level of protein expression. After the heat shock, the mRNA level decreases rapidly. As an example of the system, the expression of a dominant negative form of chloroplast division DRP5B protein, which has a mutation in the GTPase domain, was induced. Expression of the dominant negative DRP5B resulted in the appearance of aberrant-shaped cells in which two daughter chloroplasts and the cells are still connected by a small DRP5B positive tube-like structure. This result suggests that the dominant negative DRP5B inhibited the final scission of the chloroplast division site, but not the earlier stages of division site constriction. It is also suggested that cell cycle progression is not arrested by the impairment of chloroplast division at the final stage.

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Change in the levels of GFP mRNA and GFP protein after 1-h 50°C heat shock in the stable transformants.The stable S-200 transformant (Figure 4) cultured at 34°C (−60 min) was shifted to 50°C for 1 h (0 min) and then returned to 34°C. (A) Semi-quantitative RT-PCR showing the GFP mRNA level. TIM13 (CMB148C) was used as a quantitative control. (B) Immunoblotting with the anti-GFP antibody showing the GFP protein level. CBB staining of the PVDF membrane is shown as a loading control. (C) Micrographs showing the GFP fluorescence and autofluorescence of chlorophyll (red). The scale bar is 10 µm.
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pone-0111261-g007: Change in the levels of GFP mRNA and GFP protein after 1-h 50°C heat shock in the stable transformants.The stable S-200 transformant (Figure 4) cultured at 34°C (−60 min) was shifted to 50°C for 1 h (0 min) and then returned to 34°C. (A) Semi-quantitative RT-PCR showing the GFP mRNA level. TIM13 (CMB148C) was used as a quantitative control. (B) Immunoblotting with the anti-GFP antibody showing the GFP protein level. CBB staining of the PVDF membrane is shown as a loading control. (C) Micrographs showing the GFP fluorescence and autofluorescence of chlorophyll (red). The scale bar is 10 µm.

Mentions: After the one hour heat shock at 50°C, the GFP mRNA level decreased rapidly (Figure 7A). In contrast, the GFP protein and fluorescence was detected even one day after the heat shock (Figures 7B, 7C). This difference between the mRNA and protein level is probably because of the high stability of GFP [28]. In conclusion, for the expression of a target gene by the 200-bp upstream region of CMJ101C orf, a heat shock at 50°C for at least 30 min is the optimum condition for achieving inducible protein expression in C. merolae.


Development of a heat-shock inducible gene expression system in the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae.

Sumiya N, Fujiwara T, Kobayashi Y, Misumi O, Miyagishima SY - PLoS ONE (2014)

Change in the levels of GFP mRNA and GFP protein after 1-h 50°C heat shock in the stable transformants.The stable S-200 transformant (Figure 4) cultured at 34°C (−60 min) was shifted to 50°C for 1 h (0 min) and then returned to 34°C. (A) Semi-quantitative RT-PCR showing the GFP mRNA level. TIM13 (CMB148C) was used as a quantitative control. (B) Immunoblotting with the anti-GFP antibody showing the GFP protein level. CBB staining of the PVDF membrane is shown as a loading control. (C) Micrographs showing the GFP fluorescence and autofluorescence of chlorophyll (red). The scale bar is 10 µm.
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pone-0111261-g007: Change in the levels of GFP mRNA and GFP protein after 1-h 50°C heat shock in the stable transformants.The stable S-200 transformant (Figure 4) cultured at 34°C (−60 min) was shifted to 50°C for 1 h (0 min) and then returned to 34°C. (A) Semi-quantitative RT-PCR showing the GFP mRNA level. TIM13 (CMB148C) was used as a quantitative control. (B) Immunoblotting with the anti-GFP antibody showing the GFP protein level. CBB staining of the PVDF membrane is shown as a loading control. (C) Micrographs showing the GFP fluorescence and autofluorescence of chlorophyll (red). The scale bar is 10 µm.
Mentions: After the one hour heat shock at 50°C, the GFP mRNA level decreased rapidly (Figure 7A). In contrast, the GFP protein and fluorescence was detected even one day after the heat shock (Figures 7B, 7C). This difference between the mRNA and protein level is probably because of the high stability of GFP [28]. In conclusion, for the expression of a target gene by the 200-bp upstream region of CMJ101C orf, a heat shock at 50°C for at least 30 min is the optimum condition for achieving inducible protein expression in C. merolae.

Bottom Line: At least a 30-min heat shock is required for the expression of a protein of interest and a 60-min heat shock yields the maximum level of protein expression.After the heat shock, the mRNA level decreases rapidly.Expression of the dominant negative DRP5B resulted in the appearance of aberrant-shaped cells in which two daughter chloroplasts and the cells are still connected by a small DRP5B positive tube-like structure.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Center for Frontier Research, National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Shizuoka, Japan; Japan Science and Technology Agency, CREST, Kawaguchi, Saitama, Japan.

ABSTRACT
The cell of the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae contains a single chloroplast and mitochondrion, the division of which is tightly synchronized by a light/dark cycle. The genome content is extremely simple, with a low level of genetic redundancy, in photosynthetic eukaryotes. In addition, transient transformation and stable transformation by homologous recombination have been reported. However, for molecular genetic analyses of phenomena that are essential for cellular growth and survival, inducible gene expression/suppression systems are needed. Here, we report the development of a heat-shock inducible gene expression system in C. merolae. CMJ101C, encoding a small heat shock protein, is transcribed only when cells are exposed to an elevated temperature. Using a superfolder GFP as a reporter protein, the 200-bp upstream region of CMJ101C orf was determined to be the optimal promoter for heat-shock induction. The optimal temperature to induce expression is 50°C, at which C. merolae cells are able to proliferate. At least a 30-min heat shock is required for the expression of a protein of interest and a 60-min heat shock yields the maximum level of protein expression. After the heat shock, the mRNA level decreases rapidly. As an example of the system, the expression of a dominant negative form of chloroplast division DRP5B protein, which has a mutation in the GTPase domain, was induced. Expression of the dominant negative DRP5B resulted in the appearance of aberrant-shaped cells in which two daughter chloroplasts and the cells are still connected by a small DRP5B positive tube-like structure. This result suggests that the dominant negative DRP5B inhibited the final scission of the chloroplast division site, but not the earlier stages of division site constriction. It is also suggested that cell cycle progression is not arrested by the impairment of chloroplast division at the final stage.

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