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pET E. coli expression vector with BioBrick polypromoter restriction sites (14-A)
(Plasmid #48307)


This material is available to academics and nonprofits only.
Item Catalog # Description Quantity Price (USD)
Plasmid 48307 Standard format: Plasmid sent in bacteria as agar stab 1 $85


  • Vector backbone
  • Backbone size (bp) 3016
  • Vector type
    Bacterial Expression

Growth in Bacteria

  • Bacterial Resistance(s)
    Ampicillin, 100 μg/mL
  • Growth Temperature
  • Growth Strain(s)
    XL1 Blue
  • Copy number
    Low Copy


  • Gene/Insert name

Resource Information

Terms and Licenses

  • Academic/Nonprofit Terms
  • Industry Terms
    • Not Available to Industry
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Depositor Comments

This plasmid is an empty vector to be used with a LIC cloning protocol.

It has Amp resistance.

To clone into this vector, add LICv2 fusion tags to the 5' end of your PCR primers.

Linearize the plasmid with EcoRV and gel purify.

When digesting the DNA with T4 polymerase for LIC, use dCTP for insert and dGTP for vector. The Series-14 plasmids were designed to overcome the unpredictable expression patterns of genes from a polycistronic message. As mentioned in the Series-2 and Series-9 polycistronic sections, often genes that express well from a single gene mRNA do not express at the same level when placed in a polycistronic message next to other genes. This effect is likely due to mRNA structure interfering with access to the ribosome binding site. When we first made our polypromoter plasmids we found that we could clone multiple genes together in the Xl1-Blue cells so that each possess a T7 promoter, followed by a Lac operator, followed by a ribosome binding site, followed by your open reading frame (T7-LacO-RBS-yORF). However, these multi-gene polypromoter plasmids were unable to be transformed into an expression strain such as BL-21 or Rosetta2. We then figured out that we needed a RecAexpression strain (like Rosetta-Blues) to successfully propagate our polypromoter plasmids. Although Rosetta-Blue cells propagated our plasmids, expression was not so great and we didn't want to rely on a specialized strain to perform our expression. Finally, we figured out that it was the LacO that follows the T7 promoter that was causing plasmid instability in our polypromoter system. Removal of the LacO allowed us to express our polypromoter plasmids in Rosetta2 cells and we have had much success with these plasmids since. Much like our Series- 2 plasmids, the Series-14 plasmids are going to give a substantial amount of leaky expression. However, even with this shortcoming, we have found Series-14 to be a valuable resource for expressing multi-protein complexes. Cloning into the Series-14 plasmids and subsequent biobrick subcloning is performed exactly as described for the Series-9 plasmids.

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These plasmids were created by your colleagues. Please acknowledge the Principal Investigator, cite the article in which the plasmids were described, and include Addgene in the Materials and Methods of your future publications.

  • For your Materials & Methods section:

    pET E. coli expression vector with BioBrick polypromoter restriction sites (14-A) was a gift from Scott Gradia (Addgene plasmid # 48307 ; ; RRID:Addgene_48307)