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pTagYFP-actin vector

cat.# FP134

The vector sequence has been compiled using the information from sequence databases, published literature, and other sources, together with partial sequences obtained by Evrogen. This vector has not been completely sequenced.

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Vector typemammalian expression vector
Reporter codon usagemammalian
Promoter for TagYFPPCMV IE
Host cellsmammalian
Selectionprokaryotic – kanamycin
eukaryotic – neomycin (G418)
Replicationprokaryotic – pUC ori
eukaryotic – SV40 ori
Use yellow fluorescent labeling of β-actin filaments

Vector description

pTagYFP-actin is a mammalian expression vector encoding TagYFP-actin fusion protein (see reporter description). The vector can be used for fluorescent labeling of β-actin in living cells.

Stably transfected U-205 human osteosarcoma cells expressing TagYFP-tagged β-actin.

Image was kindly provided by Dr. Christian Petzelt (Marinpharm).

TagYFP codon usage is optimized for high expression in mammalian cells (humanized) [Haas et al., 1996]. Human cytoplasmic β-actin is fused to the TagYFP C-terminus. To increase mRNA translation efficiency, Kozak consensus translation initiation site is generated upstream of the TagYFP-actin coding sequence [Kozak, 1987].

pTagYFP-actin vector can be used as a source of TagYFP-actin hybrid sequence. The vector backbone contains unique restriction sites that permit its excision and further insertion into expression vector of choice.

Note: The plasmid DNA was isolated from dam+-methylated E. coli. Therefore some restriction sites are blocked by methylation. If you wish to digest the vector using such sites you will need to transform the vector into a dam- host and make fresh DNA.

The vector backbone contains immediate early promoter of cytomegalovirus (PCMV IE) for protein expression, SV40 origin for replication in mammalian cells expressing SV40 T-antigen, pUC origin of replication for propagation in E. coli, and f1 origin for single-stranded DNA production. SV40 polyadenylation signals (SV40 poly A) direct proper processing of the 3'-end of the reporter mRNA.

SV40 early promoter (PSV40) provides neomycin resistance gene (Neor) expression to select stably transfected eukaryotic cells using G418. Bacterial promoter (P) provides kanamycin resistance gene expression (Kanr) in E. coli. Kanr/Neor gene is linked with herpes simplex virus (HSV) thymidine kinase (TK) polyadenylation signals.

Expression in mammalian cells

pTagYFP-actin vector can be transfected into mammalian cells by any known transfection method. CMV promoter provides strong, constitutive expression of the TagYFP-actin fusion in eukaryotic cells. If required, stable transformants can be selected using G418 [Gorman, 1985].

Propagation in E. coli

Suitable host strains for propagation in E. coli include DH5alpha, HB101, XL1-Blue, and other general purpose strains. Plasmid incompatibility group is pMB1/ColE1. The vector confers resistance to kanamycin (30 μg/ml) to E. coli hosts. Copy number in E. coli is about 500.

Location of features

PCMV IE: 1-589
Enhancer region: 59-465
TATA box: 554-560
Transcription start point: 583
Kozak consensus translation initiation site: 606-616
Start codon (ATG): 613-615
Last amino acid in TagYFP: 1327-1329
Beta-Actin: 1351-2478
Stop codon: 2476-2478
SV40 early mRNA polyadenylation signal
Polyadenylation signals: 2639-2644 & 2668-2673
mRNA 3' ends: 2677 & 2689
f1 single-strand DNA origin: 2736-3191
Bacterial promoter for expression of Kanr gene
-35 region: 3253-3258
-10 region: 3276-3281
Transcription start point: 3288
SV40 origin of replication: 3532-3667
SV40 early promoter
Enhancer (72-bp tandem repeats): 3365-3436 & 3437-3508
21-bp repeats: 3512-3532, 3533-3553 & 3555-3575
Early promoter element: 3588-3594
Major transcription start points: 3584, 3622, 3628 & 3633
Kanamycin/neomycin resistance gene
Neomycin phosphotransferase coding sequences:
Start codon (ATG): 3716-3718
Stop codon: 4508-4510
G->A mutation to remove Pst I site: 3898
C->A (Arg to Ser) mutation to remove BssH II site: 4244
Herpes simplex virus (HSV) thymidine kinase (TK) polyadenylation signal
Polyadenylation signals: 4746-4751 & 4759-4764
pUC plasmid replication origin: 5095-5738


  • Gorman C. High efficiency gene transfer into mammalian cells. In DNA cloning: A Practical Approach, Vol. II. Ed. D. M. Glover. (IRL Press, Oxford, U.K.). 1985; 143-90.
  • Haas J, Park EC, Seed B. Codon usage limitation in the expression of HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein. Curr Biol. 1996; 6 (3):315-24. / pmid: 8805248
  • Kozak M. An analysis of 5'-noncoding sequences from 699 vertebrate messenger RNAs. Nucleic Acids Res. 1987; 15 (20):8125-48. / pmid: 3313277

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