Most gene knockouts in mycoplasmas are achieved through labor-intensive transposon mutagenesis. Here, we describe a method for making targeted deletions in Mycoplasma pneumoniae by use of homologous recombination. In this method, M. pneumoniae is transformed with a plasmid carrying an antibiotic resistance marker flanked by 1-kb regions surrounding the target gene. Following selection for the antibiotic resistance, colonies are screened for double crossovers which indicate complete deletion of the target open reading frame.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Food Science
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology