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Gene and DNA Sequence
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2008-07-18 10:24 UTC (mia.crager@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2013-06-28 18:38 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2013-06-28 18:38 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

General information
Name of the gene or DNA sequence
luxCDABE genes
Alternate Genetic Element Name (synonyms)
luxCDABE Operon
Category of DNA sequence
  • Protein coding sequence
Is the gene / DNA sequence is a synthetic molecule?
Donor organism
Donor organism
Photorhabdus luminescens - Bacteria
Characteristics of the protein coding sequence
Name of the protein expressed by the coding sequence
Luciferase and fatty acid reductase
Biological function
The luxCDABE operon of the bioluminescent bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens is commonly used as a transcriptional reporter to facilitate the quantification of gene expression.

The lux genes essential for luminescence are arranged in a single operon, luxCDABE. luxCDE encode a fatty acid reductase complex involved in synthesis of the fatty aldehyde substrate for the luminescence reaction catalysed by the luciferase LuxAB subunits. Cells that express the cluster emit the 490-nm light spontaneously.
Related trait(s) or use(s) in biotechnology
  • Selectable marker genes and reporter genes

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