Impact of SV40 T antigen on two multiple fission microalgae species Scenedesmus quadricauda and Chlorella vulgaris

  • Gomaa, Ahmed E. (Department of Biotechnology, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Yang, Seung Hwan (Department of Biotechnology, Chonnam National University)
  • Received : 2018.02.17
  • Accepted : 2018.03.10
  • Published : 2018.03.31


The combination of Simian Virus40 (SV40)'s large T antigen with its replication origin is commonly used in molecular studies to enhance the expression of heterogeneous genes through multiplying the plasmid copy number. There are no reports related to the impact of the SV40 T antigen on plant, multiple fissional, cell-type. This study explores the response of two multiple-fission microalgal cells, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Chlorella vulgaris, to the expression of the T-antigen, with aim of applying SV40 T-antigen to increase the expression efficiency of foreign genes in the two species. Different levels of low-expression have been constructed to control the expression of SV40 T antigen using three heterogenous promoters (NOS, CaMV35S, and CMV). Chlorella cultures showed slowdown in the growth rate for samples harboring the T antigen under the control of CaMV35S and CMV promoters, unlike Scenedesmus cultures which showed no significant difference between samples and could have silenced the expression.


Scenedesmus quadricauda;Chlorella vulgaris;multiple fission;SV40 T antigen;Retinoblastoma (RB)-family


Supported by : Korea Small and Medium Business Administration


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