I have a insertion fragment that I wish to express from pUC19 in Escherichia coli. The insertion fragment is a sub-section from a larger operon sequence and contains just the last two cistrons from this operon.
I plan to insert this fragment into pUC19 under the control of its single lac promoter. Therefore, there will be two cistrons under the control of a single promoter (which is of course, very similar to how it would be expressed in the WT operon).
In my mind, expressing both the cistrons under the control of the single pUC19 lac promoter should allow both genes to be translated; once the mRNA is transcribed, both cistrons have their respective Ribosome Binding Sites upstream of their ORFs, and should be translated.
My question is, has anyone ever had experience expressing poly-cistronic fragments from plasmids using just a single promoter for the entire fragment? I cannot see any glaring issues with this in theory, but I thought i'd ask before I went ahead. Ultimately, I'd rather express both cistrons from a single plasmid, rather than express each cistron on a separate plasmid.