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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544449/metagenomic-based-impact-study-of-transgenic-grapevine-rootstock-on-its-associated-virome-and-soil-bacteriome
#1
Jean-Michel Hily, Sandrine Demanèche, Nils Poulicard, Mélanie Tannières, Samia Djennane, Monique Beuve, Emmanuelle Vigne, Gérard Demangeat, Véronique Komar, Claude Gertz, Aurélie Marmonier, Caroline Hemmer, Sophie Vigneron, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Pascal Simonet, Olivier Lemaire
For some crops, the only possible approach to gain a specific trait requires genome modification. The development of virus-resistant transgenic plants based on the pathogen-derived resistance strategy has been a success story for over three decades. However, potential risks associated with the technology, such as horizontal gene transfer (HGT) of any part of the transgene to an existing gene pool, have been raised. Here, we report no evidence of any undesirable impacts of genetically modified (GM) grapevine rootstock on its biotic environment...
May 25, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509421/crispr-cas9-mediated-targeted-mutagenesis-of-gmft2a-delays-flowering-time-in-soybean
#2
Yupeng Cai, Li Chen, Xiujie Liu, Chen Guo, Shi Sun, Cunxiang Wu, Bingjun Jiang, Tianfu Han, Wensheng Hou
Flowering is an indication of the transition from vegetative growth to reproductive growth and has considerable effects on the life cycle of soybean (Glycine max). In this study, we employed the CRISPR/Cas9 system to specifically induce targeted mutagenesis of GmFT2a, an integrator in the photoperiod flowering pathway in soybean. The soybean cultivar Jack was transformed with three sgRNA/Cas9 vectors targeting different sites of endogenous GmFT2a via Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation. Site-directed mutations were observed at all targeted sites by DNA sequencing analysis...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509374/the-stenofolia-gene-from-medicago-alters-leaf-width-flowering-time-and-chlorophyll-content-in-transgenic-wheat
#3
Meiyan Liu, Lei Lei, Fang Miao, Carol Powers, Xiaoyu Zhang, Jungpeng Deng, Million Tadege, Brett F Carver, Liuling Yan
Molecular genetic analyses revealed that the WUSCHEL-related homeobox (WOX) gene superfamily regulates several programs in plant development. Many different mechanisms are reported to underlie these alterations. The WOX family member STENOFOLIA (STF) is involved in leaf expansion in the eudicot Medicago truncutula. Here, we report that when this gene was ectopically expressed in a locally adapted hard red winter wheat cultivar (Triticum aestivum), the transgenic plants showed not only widened leaves but also accelerated flowering and increased chlorophyll content...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509353/engineering-heat-tolerance-in-potato-by-temperature-dependent-expression-of-a-specific-allele-of-heat-shock-cognate-70
#4
Almudena Trapero-Mozos, Wayne L Morris, Laurence J M Ducreux, Karen McLean, Jennifer Stephens, Lesley Torrance, Glenn J Bryan, Robert D Hancock, Mark A Taylor
For many commercial potato cultivars, tuber yield is optimal at average day time temperatures in the range of 14-22⁰C. Further rises in ambient temperature can reduce or completely inhibit potato tuber production, with damaging consequences for both producer and consumer. The aim of this study was to use a genetic screen based on a model tuberisation assay to identify Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) associated with enhanced tuber yield. A candidate gene encoding HSc70 was identified within one of the three QTL intervals associated with elevated yield in a Phureja-Tuberosum hybrid diploid potato population (06H1)...
May 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500796/high-density-genotyping-of-the-a-e-watkins-collection-of-hexaploid-landraces-identifies-a-large-molecular-diversity-compared-to-elite-bread-wheat
#5
Mark O Winfield, Alexandra M Allen, Paul A Wilkinson, Amanda J Burridge, Gary L A Barker, Jane Coghill, Christy Waterfall, Luzie U Wingen, Simon Griffiths, Keith J Edwards
The importance of wheat as a food crop makes it a major target for agricultural improvements. As one of the most widely grown cereal grains, together with maize and rice, wheat is the leading provider of calories in the global diet, constituting 29% of global cereal production in 2015. In the last few decades, however, yields have plateaued, suggesting that the green revolution, at least for wheat, might have run its course and that new sources of genetic variation are urgently required. The overall aim of our work is to identify novel variation that may then be used to enable the breeding process...
May 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500777/a-comprehensive-investigation-of-starch-degradation-process-and-identification-of-a-transcriptional-activator-mabhlh6-during-banana-fruit-ripening
#6
Yun-Yi Xiao, Jian-Fei Kuang, Xin-Na Qi, Yu-Jie Ye, Zhen-Xian Wu, Jian-Ye Chen, Wang-Jin Lu
Although starch degradation has been well studied in model systems such as Arabidopsis leaves and cereal seeds, this process in starchy fruits during ripening, especially in bananas, is largely unknown. In this study, 38 genes encoding starch degradation-related proteins were identified and characterized from banana fruit. Expression analysis revealed that 27 candidate genes were significantly induced during banana fruit ripening, with concomitant conversion of starch-to-sugars. Furthermore, iTRAQ-based proteomics experiments identified 18 starch degradation-associated enzymes bound to the surface of starch granules, of which 10 were markedly up-regulated during ripening...
May 13, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499078/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-lateral-organ-boundaries-domain-lbd-gene-family-in-eucalyptus-grandis-reveals-members-that-differentially-impact-secondary-growth
#7
Qiang Lu, Fenjuan Shao, Colleen Macmillan, Iain W Wilson, Karen van der Merwe, Steven G Hussey, Alexander A Myburg, Xiaomei Dong, Deyou Qiu
Lateral Organ Boundaries Domain (LBD) proteins are plant-specific transcription factors playing crucial roles in growth and development. However, the function of LBD proteins in Eucalyptus grandis remains largely unexplored. In the present study, LBD genes in E. grandis were identified and characterized using bioinformatics approaches. Gene expression patterns in various tissues and the transcriptional responses of EgLBDs to exogenous hormones were determined by qRT-PCR. Functions of the selected EgLBDs were studied by ectopically overexpressing in a hybrid poplar (Populus alba × Populus glandulosa)...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499072/sequencing-of-bulks-of-segregants-allows-dissection-of-genetic-control-of-amylose-content-in-rice
#8
Peterson Wambugu, Marie-Noelle Ndjiondjop, Agnelo Furtado, Robert Henry
Amylose content (AC) is a key quality trait in rice. A cross between Oryza glaberrima (African rice) and Oryza sativa (Asian rice) segregating for AC was analyzed by sequencing bulks of individuals with high and low AC. SNP associated with the granule bound starch synthase (GBSS1) locus on chromosome 6 were polymorphic between the bulks. In particular a G/A SNP that would result in an Asp to Asn mutation was identified. This amino acid substitution may be responsible for differences in GBSS activity as it is adjacent to a disulphide linkage conserved in all grass GBSS proteins...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499069/the-association-of-hormone-signaling-genes-transcription-and-changes-in-shoot-anatomy-during-moso-bamboo-growth
#9
Long Li, Zhanchao Cheng, Yanjun Ma, Qingsong Bai, Xiangyu Li, Zhihua Cao, Zhongneng Wu, Jian Gao
Moso bamboo is a large, woody bamboo with the highest ecological, economic, and cultural value of all the bamboo types and accounts for up to 70% of the total area of bamboo grown. However, the spatio-temporal variation role of moso bamboo shoot during growth period is still unclear. We found that the bamboo shoot growth can be divided into three distinct periods, including winter growth, early growth, and late growth based on gene expression and anatomy. In the early growth period, lateral buds germinated from the top of the bamboo joint in the shoot tip...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499068/mutmapplus-identified-novel-mutant-alleles-of-a-rice-starch-branching-enzyme-iib-gene-for-fine-tuning-of-cooked-rice-texture
#10
Masaru Nakata, Tomomi Miyashita, Rieko Kimura, Yuriko Nakata, Hiroki Takagi, Masaharu Kuroda, Takeshi Yamaguchi, Takayuki Umemoto, Hiromoto Yamakawa
Physico-chemical properties of storage starch largely determine rice grain quality and food characteristics. Therefore, modification of starch property is effective to fine-tune cooked rice textures. To obtain new resources with modified starch property as breeding materials, we screened a mutant population of a japonica cultivar Nipponbare and found two independent mutant lines, altered gelatinization (age) 1 and age2, with moderate changes in starch gelatinization property. A combination of conventional genetic analyses and the latest mapping method, MutMapPlus, revealed that both of these lines harbor novel independent mutant alleles of starch branching enzyme IIb (BEIIb) gene...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499064/enhancing-auxin-accumulation-in-maize-root-tips-improves-root-growth-and-dwarfs-plant-height
#11
Zhaoxia Li, Xinrui Zhang, Yajie Zhao, Yujie Li, Guangfeng Zhang, Zhenghua Peng, Juren Zhang
Maize is a globally important food, feed crop and raw material for the food and energy industry. Plant architecture optimization plays important roles in maize yield improvement. PIN-FORMED (PIN) proteins are important for regulating auxin spatio-temporal asymmetric distribution in multiple plant developmental processes. In this study, ZmPIN1a overexpression in maize increased the number of lateral roots and inhibited their elongation, forming a developed root system with longer seminal roots and denser lateral roots...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499063/high-efficient-multi-sites-genome-editing-in-allotetraploid-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-using-crispr-cas9-system
#12
Pengcheng Wang, Jun Zhang, Lin Sun, Yizan Ma, Jiao Xu, Sijia Liang, Jinwu Deng, Jiafu Tan, Qinghua Zhang, Lili Tu, Henry Daniell, Shuangxia Jin, Xianlong Zhang
Gossypium hirsutum is an allotetraploid with a complex genome. Most genes have multiple copies that belong to At and Dt subgenomes. Sequence similarity is also very high between gene homologs. To efficiently achieve site/gene-specific mutation is quite needed. Due to its high efficiency and robustness, the CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)/Cas9 system has exerted broad site-specific genome editing from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. In this study, we utilized a CRISPR/Cas9 system to generate two sgRNAs in a single vector to conduct multiple sites genome editing in allotetraploid cotton...
May 12, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436149/transgenic-mir156-switchgrass-in-the-field-growth-recalcitrance-and-rust-susceptibility
#13
Holly L Baxter, Mitra Mazarei, Alexandru Dumitrache, Jace Natzke, Miguel Rodriguez, Jiqing Gou, Chunxiang Fu, Robert W Sykes, Geoffrey B Turner, Mark F Davis, Steven Brown, Brian Davison, Zeng-Yu Wang, C Neal Stewart
Sustainable utilization of lignocellulosic perennial grass feedstocks will be enabled by high biomass production and optimized cell wall chemistry for efficient conversion into biofuels. MicroRNAs are regulatory elements that modulate the expression of genes involved in various biological functions in plants, including growth and development. In greenhouse studies, overexpressing a microRNA (miR156) gene in switchgrass had dramatic effects on plant architecture and flowering, which appeared to be driven by transgene expression levels...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436146/improving-zinc-accumulation-in-barley-endosperm-using-hvmtp1-a-transition-metal-transporter
#14
Paloma Menguer, Thomas Vincent, Anthony J Miller, James K M Brown, Eva Vincze, Søren Borg, Preben Bach Holm, Dale Sanders, Dorina Podar
Zinc (Zn) is essential for all life forms, including humans. It is estimated that around two billion people are deficient in their Zn intake. Human dietary Zn intake relies heavily on plants, which in many developing countries consists mainly of cereals. The inner part of cereal grain, the endosperm, is the part that is eaten after milling but contains only a quarter of the total grain Zn. Here we present results demonstrating that endosperm Zn content can be enhanced through expression of a transporter responsible for vacuolar Zn accumulation in cereals...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436098/lecrk-v-an-l-type-lectin-receptor-kinase-in-haynaldia-villosa-plays-positive-role-in-resistance-to-wheat-powdery-mildew
#15
Zongkuan Wang, Jiangyue Cheng, Anqi Fan, Jia Zhao, Zhongyu Yu, Yingbo Li, Heng Zhang, Jin Xiao, Faheem Mohammad, Haiyan Wang, Aizhong Cao, Liping Xing, Xiue Wang
Plant sense potential microbial pathogen by using pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) to recognize pathogen associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). The Lectin receptor like kinase genes (LecRKs) are involved in various cellular processes mediated by signal transduction pathways. In the present study, an L-type lectin receptor kinase gene LecRK-V was cloned from Haynaldia villosa, a diploid wheat relative which is highly resistant to powdery mildew. The expression of LecRK-V was rapidly up-regulated by Bgt inoculation and chitin treatment...
April 24, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429576/suppression-of-osmads7-in-rice-endosperm-stabilizes-amylose-content-under-high-temperature-stress
#16
Hua Zhang, Heng Xu, Mengjie Feng, Ying Zhu
High temperature significantly alters the amylose content of rice, resulting in mature grains with poor eating quality. However, only few genes and/or quantitative trait loci involved in this process have been isolated and the molecular mechanisms of this effect remain unclear. Here, we describe a floral organ identity gene, OsMADS7, involved in stabilizing rice amylose content at high temperature. OsMADS7 is greatly induced by high temperature at the early filling stage. Constitutive suppression of OsMADS7 stabilizes amylose content under high temperature stress but results in low spikelet fertility...
April 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421718/small-serine-recombination-systems-para-mrs-and-cinh-rs2-perform-precise-excision-of-plastid-dna
#17
Min Shao, Ann Blechl, James G Thomson
Selectable marker genes (SMGs) are necessary for selection of transgenic plants. However, once stable transformants have been identified, the marker gene is no longer needed. In this study, we demonstrate the use of the small serine recombination systems, ParA-MRS and CinH-RS2, to precisely excise a marker gene from the plastid genome of tobacco. Transplastomic plants transformed with the pTCH-MRS and pTCH-RS2 vectors, containing the visual reporter gene DsRed flanked by directly oriented MRS and RS2 recognition sites, respectively, were crossed with nuclear-genome transformed tobacco plants expressing plastid-targeted ParA and CinH recombinases, respectively...
April 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421694/molecular-engineering-and-plant-expression-of-an-immunoglobulin-heavy-chain-scaffold-for-delivery-of-a-dengue-vaccine-candidate
#18
Mi-Young Kim, Craig Van Dolleweerd, Alastair Copland, Matthew John Paul, Sven Hofmann, Gina R Webster, Emily Julik, Ivonne Ceballos-Olvera, Jorge Reyes-Del Valle, Moon-Sik Yang, Yong-Suk Jang, Rajko Reljic, Julian K Ma
In order to enhance vaccine uptake by the immune cells in vivo, molecular engineering approach was employed to construct a Polymeric Immunoglobulin G Scaffold (PIGS) that incorporates multiple copies of an antigen and targets the Fc gamma receptors on antigen-presenting cells. These self-adjuvanting immunogens were tested in the context of dengue infection, for which there is currently no globally licensed vaccine yet. Thus, the consensus domain III sequence (cEDIII) of dengue glycoprotein E was incorporated into PIGS and expressed in both tobacco plants and Chinese Ovary Hamster cells...
April 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421663/cloning-and-plant-based-production-of-antibody-mc10e7-for-a-lateral-flow-immunoassay-to-detect-4-arginine-microcystin-in-fresh-water
#19
Stanislav Melnik, A-C Neumann, R Karongo, S Dirndorfer, Martin Stübler, Verena Ibl, R Niessner, Dietmar Knopp, Eva Stoger
Antibody MC10E7 is one of a small number of monoclonal antibodies that bind specifically to [Arg4]-microcystins and it can be used to survey natural water sources and food samples for algal toxin contamination. However, the development of sensitive immunoassays in different test formats, particularly user-friendly tests for on-site analysis, requires a sensitive but also cost-effective antibody. The original version of MC10E7 was derived from a murine hybridoma, but we determined the sequence of the variable regions using the peptide mass-assisted cloning strategy and expressed a scFv (single-chain variable fragment) format of this antibody in yeast and a chimeric full size version in leaves of Nicotiana tabacum and N...
April 19, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418615/co-expression-of-gr79-epsps-and-gat-yields-herbicide-resistant-cotton-with-low-glyphosate-residues
#20
Chengzhen Liang, Bao Sun, Zhigang Meng, Zhaohong Meng, Yuan Wang, Guoqing Sun, Tao Zhu, Wei Lu, Wei Zhang, Waqas Malik, Min Lin, Rui Zhang, Sandui Guo
Glyphosate resistant (GR) crops have been adopted on a massive scale by North and South American farmers. Currently, about 80% of the 120 million hectares of the global genetically-modified (GM) crops are GR crop varieties. However, the adoption of GR plants in China has not occurred at the same pace, owing to several factors including, among other things, labor markets and the residual effects of glyphosate in transgenic plants. Here, we report the co-expression of codon-optimized forms of GR79 EPSPS and N-acetyltransferase (GAT) genes in cotton...
April 18, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
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