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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640983/multiplexed-crispr-cas9-mediated-metabolic-engineering-of-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-levels-in-solanum-lycopersicum
#1
Rui Li, Ran Li, Xindi Li, Daqi Fu, Benzhong Zhu, Huiqin Tian, Yunbo Luo, Hongliang Zhu
In recent years, the type II CRISPR system has become a widely used and robust technique to implement site-directed mutagenesis in a variety of species including model and crop plants. However, few studies manipulated metabolic pathways in plants using the CRISPR system. Here, we introduced the pYLCRISPR/Cas9 system with one or two single-site guide RNAs to target the tomato phytoene desaturase gene. An obvious albino phenotype was observed in T0 regenerated plants, and more than 61% of the desired target sites were edited...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640975/nac-transcription-factor-jungbrunnen1-enhances-drought-tolerance-in-tomato
#2
Venkatesh P Thirumalaikumar, Vikas Devkar, Nikolay Mehterov, Shawkat Ali, Rengin Ozgur, Ismail Turkan, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
Water deficit (drought stress) massively restricts plant growth and the yield of crops; reducing the deleterious effects of drought is therefore of high agricultural relevance. Drought triggers diverse cellular processes including the inhibition of photosynthesis, the accumulation of cell-damaging reactive oxygen species, and gene expression reprogramming, besides others. Transcription factors (TF) are central regulators of transcriptional reprogramming and expression of many TF genes is affected by drought, including members of the NAC family...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640974/resistance-to-powdery-mildew8-1-boosts-pattern-triggered-immunity-against-multiple-pathogens-in-arabidopsis-and-rice
#3
Yan Li, Yong Zhang, Qing-Xia Wang, Ting-Ting Wang, Xiao-Long Cao, Zhi-Xue Zhao, Sheng-Li Zhao, Yong-Ju Xu, Zhi-Yuan Xiao, Jin-Lu Li, Jing Fan, Hui Yang, Fu Huang, Shunyuan Xiao, Wen-Ming Wang
The Arabidopsis gene RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW8.1 (RPW8.1) confers resistance to virulent fungal and oomycete pathogens that cause powdery mildew and downy mildew, respectively. However, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we show that ectopic expression of RPW8.1 boosts pattern-triggered immunity (PTI) resulting in enhanced resistance against different pathogens in both Arabidopsis and rice. In Arabidopsis, transcriptome analysis revealed that ectopic expression of RPW8.1-YFP constitutively up-regulates expression of many pathogen-associated molecular pattern-(PAMP-) inducible genes...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640973/production-of-red-flowered-oilseed-rape-via-the-ectopic-expression-of-orychophragmus-violaceus-ovpap2
#4
Wenqin Fu, Daozong Chen, Qi Pan, Fengfeng Li, Zhigang Zhao, Xianhong Ge, Zaiyun Li
Oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.), which has yellow flowers, is both an important oil crop and a traditional tourism resource in China, whereas the Orychophragmus violaceus, which has purple flowers, likely possesses a candidate gene or genes to alter the flower color of oilseed rape. A previously established B. napus line has a particular pair of O. violaceus chromosomes (M4) and exhibits slightly red petals. In this study, the transcriptomic analysis of M4, B. napus (H3), and O. violaceus with purple petals (OvP) and with white petals (OvW) revealed that most anthocyanin biosynthesis genes were up-regulated in both M4 and OvP...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640964/targeted-mutagenesis-in-tetraploid-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l-using-crispr-cas9
#5
Yang Liu, Paul Merrick, Zhengzhi Zhang, Chonghui Ji, Bing Yang, Shui-Zhang Fei
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has become a powerful tool for targeted mutagenesis. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a high yielding perennial grass species that has been designated as a model biomass crop by the U.S. Department of Energy. The self infertility and high ploidy level make it difficult to study gene function or improve germplasm. To overcome these constraints, we explored the feasibility of using CRISPR/Cas9 for targeted mutagenesis in a tetraploid cultivar 'Alamo' switchgrass. We first developed a transient assay by which a non-functional green fluorescent protein gene containing a 1 bp frameshift insertion in its 5' coding region was successfully mutated by a Cas9/sgRNA complex resulting in its restored function...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640955/in-solution-antibody-harvesting-with-a-plant-produced-hydrophobin-protein-a-fusion
#6
Katri Kurppa, Lauri Reuter, Anneli Ritala, Markus Linder, Jussi Joensuu
Purification is a bottleneck and a major cost factor in the production of antibodies. We set out to engineer a bi-functional fusion protein from two building blocks, Protein A and a hydrophobin, aiming at low-cost and scalable antibody capturing in solutions. Immunoglobulin-binding Protein A is widely used in affinity-based purification. The hydrophobin fusion tag, on the other hand, has been shown to enable purification by two-phase separation. Protein A was fused to two different hydrophobin tags, HFBI or II, and expressed transiently in Nicotiana benthamiana...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640945/production-of-human-vitronectin-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-using-the-inpact-hyper-expression-platform
#7
Benjamin Dugdale, Maiko Kato, Pradeep Deo, Manuel Plan, Mark Harrison, Robyn Lloyd, Terry Walsh, Robert Harding, James Dale
Human vitronectin (hVN) is a glycoprotein that functions as a cell adhesion molecule and a regulator of coagulation in blood plasma and the extracellular matrix. In vitro, hVN is added to serum-free media in order to promote the adhesion of animal cells to tissue culture surfaces and the proliferation of undifferentiated stem cells. Here, we report the production of hVN in Nicotiana benthamiana using the inducible In Plant Activation (INPACT) hyper-expression platform. N. benthamiana plants were transformed with an INPACT expression cassette encoding hVN, and both the Tobacco yellow dwarf virus Rep/RepA activator and Tomato bushy stunt virus p19 gene under the transcriptional control of the ethanol-inducible AlcR:alcA gene switch...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640934/substrate-specificity-and-safener-inducibility-of-the-plant-udp-glucose-dependent-family-1-glycosyltransferases-super-family
#8
Melissa Brazier-Hicks, Markus Gershater, David Dixon, Robert Edwards
Plants contain large numbers of family 1 UDP-glucose dependent glycosyltransferases (UGTs), including members that conjugate xenobiotics. Arabidopsis contains 107 UGT genes with 99 family members successfully expressed as glutathione transferase (GST)-fusion proteins in E.coli. A high-throughput catalytic screen was developed based on quantification of the fusion by measuring GST activity. UGT activity using UDP-glucose as donor was then determined using 11 synthetic acceptors bearing hydroxyl, amino and thiol groups that had been shown to undergo conjugation in plant extracts...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636266/marap2-4-a-waterlogging-responsive-erf-from-mentha-regulates-bidirectional-sugar-transporter-atsweet10-to-modulate-stress-response-in-arabidopsis
#9
Ujjal J Phukan, Gajendra Singh Jeena, Vineeta Tripathi, Rakesh Kumar Shukla
As waterlogging and successive events severely influence growth and development of economically important plants, we attempted to characterize the role of a waterlogging-responsive Group I (A-6) Ethylene response factor (MaRAP2-4) from Mentha arvensis. Waterlogging, ethylene and Methyl jasmonate rapidly induced the expression of MaRAP2-4. MaRAP2-4 interacted with multiple cis-elements like Dehydration response elements (DRE1/2), Anoxia/Jasmonic acid response element (JARE) and GCC box showing its involvement in multiple responses...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635103/uncovering-the-dispersion-history-adaptive-evolution-and-selection-of-wheat-in-china
#10
Yong Zhou, Zhongxu Chen, Mengping Cheng, Jian Chen, Tingting Zhu, Rui Wang, Yaxi Liu, Pengfei Qi, Guoyue Chen, Qiantao Jiang, Yuming Wei, Ming-Cheng Luo, Eviatar Nevo, Robin G Allaby, Dengcai Liu, Jirui Wang, Jan Dvorák, Youliang Zheng
Wheat was introduced to China approximately 4500 years ago, where it adapted over a span of time to various environments in agro-ecological growing zones. We investigated 717 Chinese and 14 Iranian/Turkish geographically diverse, locally adapted wheat landraces with 27,933 DArTseq (for 717 landraces) and 312,831 Wheat660K (for a subset of 285 landraces) markers. This study highlights the adaptive evolutionary history of wheat cultivation in China. Environmental stresses and independent selection efforts have resulted in considerable genome-wide divergence at the population level in Chinese wheat landraces...
June 21, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627026/two-nhx-type-transporters-from-helianthus-tuberosus-improve-the-tolerance-of-rice-to-salinity-and-nutrient-deficiency-stress
#11
Yang Zeng, Qing Li, Haiya Wang, Jianliang Zhang, Jia Du, Huimin Feng, Eduardo Blumwald, Ling Yu, Guohua Xu
The NHX-type cation/H(+) transporters in plants have been shown to mediate Na(+) (K(+) )/H(+) exchange for salinity tolerance and K(+) homeostasis. In this study, we identified and characterized two NHX homologues, HtNHX1 and HtNHX2 from an infertile and salinity tolerant species Helianthus tuberosus (cv. Nanyu No.1). HtNHX1 and HtNHX2 share identical 5'- and 3'-UTR and coding regions, except for a 342 bp segment encoding 114 amino acids (L272 to Q385 ) which is absent in HtNHX2. Both hydroponics and soil culture experiments showed that the expression of HtNHX1 or HtNHX2 improved the rice tolerance to salinity...
June 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626940/overexpression-of-hevea-brasiliensis-ethylene-response-factor-hberf-ixc5-enhances-growth-tolerance-to-abiotic-stress-and-affects-laticifer-differentiation
#12
Retno Lestari, Maryannick Rio, Florence Martin, Julie Leclercq, Natthakorn Woraathasin, Sandrine Roques, Florence Dessailly, Anne Clément-Vidal, Christine Sanier, Denis Fabre, Sémi Melliti, Sony Suharsono, Pascal Montoro
Ethylene response factor 1 (ERF1) is an essential integrator of the jasmonate and ethylene signalling pathways coordinating a large number of genes involved in plant defences. Its orthologue in Hevea brasiliensis, HbERF-IXc5, has been assumed to play a major role in laticifer metabolism and tolerance to harvesting stress for better latex production. This paper set out to establish and characterize rubber transgenic lines overexpressing HbERF-IXc5. Overexpression of HbERF-IXc5 dramatically enhanced plant growth and enabled plants to maintain some ecophysiological parameters in response to abiotic stress such as water deficit, cold and salt treatments...
June 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605577/a-toolkit-for-nannochloropsis-oceanica-ccmp1779-enables-gene-stacking-and-genetic-engineering-of-the-eicosapentaenoic-acid-pathway-for-enhanced-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-production
#13
Eric Poliner, Jane A Pulman, Krzysztof Zienkiewicz, Kevin Childs, Christoph Benning, Eva M Farré
Nannochloropsis oceanica is an oleaginous microalga rich in ω3long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LC-PUFAs) content, in the form of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). We identified the enzymes involved in LC-PUFA biosynthesis in N. oceanica CCMP1779 and generated multigene expression vectors aiming at increasing LC-PUFA content in vivo. We isolated the cDNAs encoding four fatty acid desaturases (FAD) and determined their function by heterologous expression in S. cerevisiae. To increase the expression of multiple fatty acid desaturases in N...
June 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605576/increasing-the-efficiency-of-crispr-cas9-vqr-precise-genome-editing-in-rice
#14
Xixun Hu, Xiangbing Meng, Qing Liu, Jiayang Li, Kejian Wang
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-associated protein 9 (CRISPR-Cas9) is a revolutionary technology that enables efficient genomic modification in many organisms. Currently, the wide use of Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 (SpCas9) primarily recognises sites harbouring a canonical NGG protospacer adjacent motif (PAM). The newly developed VQR (D1135V/R1335Q/T1337R) variant of Cas9 has been shown to cleave sites containing NGA PAM in rice, which greatly expanded the range of genome editing. However, the low editing efficiency of the VQR variant remains, which limits its wide application in genome editing...
June 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574666/adjusting-the-scent-ratio-using-genetically-modified-vitis-vinifera-plants-to-manipulate-european-grapevine-moth-behaviour
#15
Umberto Salvagnin, Mickael Malnoy, Gunda Thöming, Marco Tasin, Silvia Carlin, Stefan Martens, Urska Vrhovsek, Sergio Angeli, Gianfranco Anfora
Herbivorous insects use olfactory cues to locate their host plant within a complex olfactory landscape. One such example is the European grapevine moth Lobesia botrana, a key pest of the grape in the Palearctic region, which recently expanded both its geographical and host plant range. Previous studies have showed that a synthetic blend of the three terpenoids (E)-β-caryophyllene, (E)-β-farnesene and (E)-4,8-dimethyl-1,3,7-nonatriene (DMNT) was as attractive for the moth as the complete grape odour profile in laboratory conditions...
June 2, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574641/ectopic-expression-of-a-novel-osextensin-like-gene-consistently-enhances-plant-lodging-resistance-by-regulating-cell-elongation-and-cell-wall-thickening-in-rice
#16
Chunfen Fan, Ying Li, Zhen Hu, Huizhen Hu, Guangya Wang, Ao Li, Youmei Wang, Yuanyuan Tu, Tao Xia, Liangcai Peng, Shengqiu Feng
Plant lodging resistance is an important integrative agronomic trait of grain yield and quality in crops. Although extensins proteins are tightly associated with plant cell growth and cell wall construction, little has yet been reported about their impacts on plant lodging resistance. In this study, we isolated a novel extensin-like (OsEXTL) gene in rice, and selected transgenic rice plants that expressed OsEXTL under driven with two distinct promoters. Despite different OsEXTL expression levels, two-promoter driven OsEXTL-transgenic plants, compared to a rice cultivar and an empty vector, exhibited significantly reduced cell elongation in stem internodes, leading to relatively shorter plant heights by 7%-10%...
June 2, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574629/reduction-of-iaa-methyltransferase-activity-compensates-for-high-temperature-male-sterility-in-arabidopsis
#17
Mohamad Abbas, Jorge Hernández-García, Noel Blanco-Touriñán, Norma Aliaga, Eugenio G Minguet, David Alabadí, Miguel A Blázquez
High temperature is a general stress factor that causes a decrease in crop yield. It has been shown that auxin application reduces the male sterility caused by exposure to higher temperatures. However, widespread application of a hormone with vast effects on plant physiology may be discouraged in many cases. Therfore, the generation of new plant varieties that locally enhance auxin in reproductive organs may represent an alternative strategy. We have explored the possibility of increasing indoleacetic acid (IAA) in ovaries by reducing IAA METHYLTRANSFERASE1 (IAMT1) activity in Arabidopsis thaliana...
June 2, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561994/pathogen-inducible-ta-lr34res-expression-in-heterologous-barley-confers-disease-resistance-without-negative-pleiotropic-effects
#18
Rainer Boni, Harsh Chauhan, Goetz Hensel, Anne Roulin, Justine Sucher, Jochen Kumlehn, Susanne Brunner, Simon G Krattinger, Beat Keller
Plant diseases are a serious threat to crop production. The informed use of naturally occurring disease resistance in plant breeding can greatly contribute to sustainably reduce yield losses caused by plant pathogens. The Ta-Lr34res gene encodes an ABC transporter protein and confers partial, durable and broad-spectrum resistance against several fungal pathogens in wheat. Transgenic barley lines expressing Ta-Lr34res showed enhanced resistance against powdery mildew and leaf rust of barley. While Ta-Lr34res is only active at adult stage in wheat, Ta-Lr34res was found to be highly expressed already at the seedling stage in transgenic barley resulting in severe negative effects on growth...
May 31, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557341/over-expression-of-mutated-zmda1-or-zmdar1-gene-improves-maize-kernel-yield-by-enhancing-starch-synthesis
#19
Guangning Xie, Zhaoxia Li, Qijun Ran, Hui Wang, Juren Zhang
Grain weight and grain number are important crop yield determinants. DA1 and DAR1 are the ubiquitin receptors that function as the negative regulators of cell proliferation during development in Arabidopsis. An arginine to lysine mutant at amino acid site 358 could lead to the da1-1 phenotype, which results in an increased organ size and larger seeds. In this study, the mutated ZmDA1 (Zmda1) and mutated ZmDAR1 (Zmdar1) driven by the maize ubiquitin promoter was separately introduced into maize elite inbred line DH4866...
May 29, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557198/genetic-engineering-of-grass-cell-wall-polysaccharides-for-biorefining
#20
REVIEW
Rakesh Bhatia, Joe A Gallagher, Leonardo D Gomez, Maurice Bosch
Grasses represent an abundant and widespread source of lignocellulosic biomass, which has yet to fulfil its potential as a feedstock for biorefining into renewable and sustainable biofuels and commodity chemicals. The inherent recalcitrance of lignocellulosic materials to deconstruction is the most crucial limitation for the commercial viability and economic feasibility of biomass biorefining. Over the last decade, the targeted genetic engineering of grasses has become more proficient, enabling rational approaches to modify lignocellulose with the aim of making it more amenable to bioconversion...
May 29, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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