High-Efficiency Genome Editing of Streptomyces Species by an Engineered CRISPR/Cas System

Y. Wang, R. E. Cobb, H. Zhao

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Next-generation sequencing technologies have rapidly expanded the genomic information of numerous organisms and revealed a rich reservoir of natural product gene clusters from microbial genomes, especially from Streptomyces, the largest genus of known actinobacteria at present. However, genetic engineering of these bacteria is often time consuming and labor intensive, if even possible. In this chapter, we describe the design and construction of pCRISPomyces, an engineered Type II CRISPR/Cas system, for targeted multiplex gene deletions in Streptomyces lividans, Streptomyces albus, and Streptomyces viridochromogenes with editing efficiency ranging from 70% to 100%. We demonstrate pCRISPomyces as a powerful tool for genome editing in Streptomyces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMethods in Enzymology
EditorsSarah E. O'Connor
PublisherAcademic Press Inc.
Number of pages14
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameMethods in Enzymology
ISSN (Print)0076-6879
ISSN (Electronic)1557-7988


  • Genome engineering
  • Natural product biosynthesis
  • Streptomyces
  • Synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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