pDRIVE5-Lucia is a family of plasmids with an expanding collection of native and composite promoters.

Promoters are valuable tools to study the expression of a given gene both in vitro and in vivo. With pDRIVE, you can choose to express your gene of interest at high or low levels, ubiquitously or specifically, and in a constitutive or inducible manner. Each promoter is fully sequenced

pDRIVE5-Lucia plasmids feature the luciferase (Lucia) gene, encoding a secreted luciferase. Its intense sensitivity makes it the reporter of choice for the study of weak promoters, such as tissue-specific promoters. Levels of Lucia luciferase can be determined by measuring the luminescence using coelenterazine-based reagents such as QUANTI-Luc™.

These plasmids are selectable with Zeocin™ in E. coli.


Native or Composite Promoters
Native promoters, also called minimal promoters, consist of a single fragment from the 5’ region of a given gene. Each of them comprises a core promoter and its natural 5’UTR. In some cases, the 5’UTR contains an intron.
Composite promoters combine promoter elements of different origins (e.g. SV40 enhancer/AFP promoter) or were generated by assembling a distal enhancer with a minimal promoter of the same origin (e.g. CEA enhancer/promoter).

Various Expression Patterns
Ubiquitous Promoters, strongly active in a wide range of cells, tissues and cell cycles.
Tissue-Specific Promoters, active in a specific type of cells or tissues.
Tumor-Specific Promoters, active specifically in tumor cells.

Plasmid Features

pDRIVE5-lucia map


• Lucia luciferase gene encodes a secreted luciferase. Its intense sensitivity makes it the reporter of choice for the study of weak promoters, such as tissue-specific promoters.

• SV40 pAn: The Simian Virus 40 late polyadenylation signal enables efficient cleavage and polyadenylation reactions resulting in high levels of steady-state mRNA.

• pMB1 Ori is a minimal E. coli origin of replication with the same activity as the longer Ori.

• EM2K is a bacterial promoter that enables the constitutive expression of the antibiotic resistance gene in E. coli.

Sh ble gene confers zeocin resistance, therefore, allowing the selection of transformed E. coli carrying a pDRIVE5s plasmid. Note: Stable transfection of clones cannot be performed due to the absence of a eukaryotic promoter upstream of the Sh ble gene.

Easy Subcloning of the Promoters
In every pDRIVE5-Lucia, several unique restriction sites flank the promoter (a multiple cloning site at the 5’ end and Nco I or Bsp HI at the 3’ end) in order to excise the promoter easily. These restriction sites are compatible with many other enzymes, thus facilitating cloning. Other restriction sites may be introduced by performing PCR using primers containing the restriction sites of interest.


- 20 µg of lyophilized DNA
- 1 ml of Zeocin™ 

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