TRE: Tetracycline-responsive element promoter (2nd generation). This element can be regulated by a class of transcription factors (e.g. tTA, rtTA and tTS) whose activities are dependent on tetracycline or its analogs (e.g. doxycycline).
Kozak: Kozak consensus sequence. It is placed in front of the start codon of the ORF of interest to facilitate translation initiation in eukaryotes.
ORF: The open reading frame of your gene of interest is placed here.
SV40 late pA: Simian virus 40 late polyadenylation signal. It facilitates transcriptional termination of the upstream ORF.
Promoter: The promoter chosen to drive expression of the tTS/rtTA cassette.
tTS: Tetracycline-controlled transcriptional silencer. This protein binds to TRE promoter to actively suppress gene transcription only in the absence of tetracycline and its analogs (e.g. doxycycline).
T2A: Self-cleaving 2A peptide from thosea asigna virus that allows multiple proteins to be made from a polycistronic transcript containing multiple ORFs separated by T2A. The cleavage occurs through a putative “ribosomal skipping” mechanism.
rtTA: Reverse tetracycline responsive transcriptional activator M2 (2nd generation). This protein binds to TRE promoter to activate gene transcription only in the presence of tetracycline or its analogs (e.g. doxycycline). It has higher sensitivity to the inducing drug and lower leaky activity in the absence of the drug compared to its predecessor.
BGH pA: Bovine growth hormone polyadenylation. It facilitates transcriptional termination of the tTS/rtTA cassette.
Ampicillin: Ampicillin resistance gene. It allows the plasmid to be maintained by ampicillin selection in E. coli.
pUC ori: pUC origin of replication. Plasmids carrying this origin exist in high copy numbers in E. coli.