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Sung-Min Jung, Youn-Young Hur, John E Preece, Oliver Fiehn, Young-Ho Kim
Green shoot cuttings of 10 different grapevine species were inoculated with Agrobacterium vitis to find disease-related metabolites in the grapevine. Crown galls formed 60 days after inoculation varied in gall severity (GS) evaluated by gall incidence (GI) and gall diameter (GD), which were classified into three response types as RR (low GI and small GD), SR (high GI and small GD), and SS (high GI and large GD), corresponding to resistant, moderately resistant, and susceptible responses, respectively. In this, 4, 4, and 2 Vitis species were classified into RR, SR, and SS, respectively...
December 2016: Plant Pathology Journal
Philippe M de Lajudie, Esperanza Martinez-Romero
International Committee on Systematics of ProkaryotesSubcommittee on the taxonomy of Agrobacterium and RhizobiumMinutes of the meeting, September 7th 2014, Tenerife, Spain.
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Kalika Mathur, Abhishek Anand, Sunil Kumar Dubey, Neeti Sanan-Mishra, Raj K Bhatnagar, Sujatha Sunil
RNAi pathway is an antiviral defence mechanism employed by insects that result in degradation of viral RNA thereby curbing infection. Several viruses including flaviviruses encode viral suppressors of RNAi (VSRs) to counteract the antiviral RNAi pathway. Till date, no VSR has been reported in alphaviruses. The present study was undertaken to evaluate chikungunya virus (CHIKV) proteins for RNAi suppressor activity. We systematically analyzed all nine CHIKV proteins for RNAi suppressor activity using Sf21 RNAi sensor cell line based assay...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rongrong He, Jiao Wu, Yali Zhang, Cecilia B Agüero, Xinlong Li, Shaoli Liu, Chaoxia Wang, M Andrew Walker, Jiang Lu
Downy mildew is a highly destructive disease in grapevine production. A gene encoding pathogenesis-related (PR) thaumatin-like protein was isolated from the downy mildew-resistant grapevine "Zuoshan-1," a clonal selection from wild Vitis amurensis Rupr. The predicted thaumatin-like protein (VaTLP) has 225 amino acids and it is acidic, with a calculated isoelectric point of 4.8. The full length of the VaTLP gene was transformed into somatic embryogenic calli of V. vinifera 'Thompson Seedless' via Agrobacterium tumefaciens...
November 30, 2016: Protoplasma
Giuseppe Ianiri, Anna F Averette, Joanne M Kingsbury, Joseph Heitman, Alexander Idnurm
: The genus Malassezia includes 14 species that are found on the skin of humans and animals and are associated with a number of diseases. Recent genome sequencing projects have defined the gene content of all 14 species; however, to date, genetic manipulation has not been possible for any species within this genus. Here, we develop and then optimize molecular tools for the transformation of Malassezia furfur and Malassezia sympodialis using Agrobacterium tumefaciens delivery of transfer DNA (T-DNA) molecules...
November 29, 2016: MBio
Isabelle R Gonçalves, Sophie Brouillet, Marie-Christine Soulié, Simonetta Gribaldo, Catherine Sirven, Noémie Charron, Martine Boccara, Mathias Choquer
BACKGROUND: Chitin, the second most abundant biopolymer on earth after cellulose, is found in probably all fungi, many animals (mainly invertebrates), several protists and a few algae, playing an essential role in the development of many of them. This polysaccharide is produced by type 2 glycosyltransferases, called chitin synthases (CHS). There are several contradictory classifications of CHS isoenzymes and, as regards their evolutionary history, their origin and diversity is still a matter of debate...
November 24, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Sonia Dorion, Audrey Clendenning, Jean Rivoal
Nucleoside diphosphate kinase (NDPK) is a ubiquitous enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of the γ-phosphate from a donor nucleoside triphosphate to an acceptor nucleoside diphosphate. In this study, we used a targeted metabolomic approach and measurement of physiological parameters to report the effects of the genetic manipulation of cytosolic NDPK (NDPK1) expression on the physiology and carbon metabolism in potato (Solanum tuberosum) roots. Sense and antisense NDPK1 constructs were introduced in potato using Agrobacterium rhizogenes to generate a population of root clones displaying a 40-fold difference in NDPK activity...
November 23, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Simon Leonard, Florence Hommais, William Nasser, Sylvie Reverchon
Plant pathogenic bacteria attack numerous agricultural crops, causing devastating effects on plant productivity and yield. They survive in diverse environments, both in plants, as pathogens, and also outside their hosts as saprophytes. Hence, they are confronted with numerous changing environmental parameters. During infection, plant pathogens have to deal with stressful conditions, such as acidic, oxidative and osmotic stresses; anaerobiosis; plant defenses; and contact with antimicrobial compounds. These adverse conditions can reduce bacterial survival and compromise disease initiation and propagation...
November 23, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Xu Lu, Kexuan Tang, Ping Li
Pharmaceutical terpenoids belong to the most diverse class of natural products. They have significant curative effects on a variety of diseases, such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, malaria and Alzheimer's disease. Nowadays, elicitors, including biotic and abiotic elicitors, are often used to activate the pathway of secondary metabolism and enhance the production of target terpenoids. Based on Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation, several plant metabolic engineering strategies hold great promise to regulate the biosynthesis of pharmaceutical terpenoids...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Hiroshi Hisano, Kazuhiro Sato
Different plant cultivars of the same genus and species can exhibit vastly different genetic transformation efficiencies. However, the genetic factors underlying these differences in transformation rate remain largely unknown. In barley, 'Golden Promise' is one of a few cultivars reliable for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. By contrast, cultivar 'Haruna Nijo' is recalcitrant to genetic transformation. We identified genomic regions of barley important for successful transformation with Agrobacterium, utilizing the 'Haruna Nijo' × 'Golden Promise' F2 generation and genotyping by 124 genome-wide SNP markers...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Monika Tokmina-Lukaszewska, Zunji Shi, Brian Tripet, Timothy R McDermott, Valérie Copié, Brian Bothner, Gejiao Wang
Wide-spread abundance in soil and water, coupled with high toxicity have put arsenic at the top of the list of environmental contaminants. Early studies demonstrated that both concentration and the valence state of inorganic arsenic (arsenite, As(III) vs. arsenate As(V)) can be modulated by microbes. Using genetics, transcriptomic and proteomic techniques, microbe-arsenic detoxification, respiratory As(V) reduction, and As(III) oxidation have since been examined. The effect of arsenic exposure on whole-cell intracellular microbial metabolism, however, has not been extensively studied...
November 21, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
Jesús Martínez-Cruz, Diego Romero, Antonio de Vicente, Alejandro Pérez-García
The obligate biotrophic fungal pathogen Podosphaera xanthii is the main causal agent of powdery mildew in cucurbit crops all over the world. A major limitation of molecular studies of powdery mildew fungi (Erysiphales) is their genetic intractability. In this work, we describe a robust method based on the promiscuous transformation ability of Agrobacterium tumefaciens for reliable transformation of P. xanthii. The A. tumefaciens-mediated transformation (ATMT) system yielded transformants of P. xanthii with diverse transferred DNA (T-DNA) constructs...
November 16, 2016: New Phytologist
Tong Qiu, Yan Dong, Yachao Ren, Jinmao Wang, Minsheng Yang, Jun Zhang
This study investigated the effects of the sequence arrangement and orientation of a target gene expression cassette in vectors on expression levels to determine the optimal combination for highly efficient multi-gene expression. Five plant transformation vectors were constructed using dual Bt genes, Cry1Ac and Cry3A, which differed in the sequence arrangement and orientation of the target gene expression cassette. Through an Agrobacterium-mediated method, 5 vectors were used for the genetic transformation of tobacco to obtain transgenic lines...
November 15, 2016: Plasmid
Ke Wang, Huiyun Liu, Lipu Du, Xingguo Ye
Genotype-specificity is a big problem lagging the development of efficient hexaploid wheat transformation system. Increasingly, the biosecurity of genetically modified organisms is garnering public attention, so the generation of marker-free transgenic plants is very important to the eventual potential commercial release of transgenic wheat. In this study, 15 commercial Chinese hexaploid wheat varieties were successfully transformed via an Agrobacterium-mediated method, with efficiency of up to 37.7%, as confirmed by the use of Quickstix strips, histochemical staining, PCR analysis, and Southern blotting...
November 10, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Long Zhang, Ryan Routsong, Quyen Nguyen, Elizabeth L Rylott, Neil C Bruce, Stuart E Strand
The deposition of toxic munitions compounds, such as hexahydro-1, 3, 5-triniitro-1, 3, 5-trizaine (RDX), on soils around targets in live-fire-training ranges is an important source of groundwater contamination. Plants take up RDX but do not significantly degrade it. Reported here is the transformation of two perennial grass species, switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera), with the genes for degradation of RDX. These species possess a number of agronomic traits making them well-equipped for the uptake and removal of RDX from root zone leachates...
November 10, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Pei Zhao, Ke Wang, Zhishan Lin, Wei Zhang, Lipu Du, Yunlong Zhang, Xingguo Ye
Wheat is recalcitrant to genetic transformation. A potential solution is to manipulate the expression of some host proteins involved in T-DNA integration process. VirE2 interacting protein 2 (VIP2) plays an important role in T-DNA transport and integration. In this study, a TaVIP2 gene was cloned from common wheat. Southern blot and allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (AS-PCR) combined with an online chromosomal location software tool revealed that three TaVIP2 genes were located on wheat chromosomes 1AL, 1BL, and 1DL...
November 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ting Huang, Ying Xu, Jie Zeng, Dong-Hao Zhao, Liang Li, Xiao-Ping Liao, Ya-Hong Liu, Jian Sun
The spread of antimicrobial resistance in environment is promoted at least in part by the inappropriate use of antibiotics in animals and humans. The present study was designed to investigate the impact of different concentrations of ciprofloxacin in soil containing manure on the development of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance (PMQR) - encoding genes and the abundance of soil bacterial communities. For these studies, high-throughput next-generation sequencing of 16S rRNA, real-time polymerase chain reaction and standard microbiologic culture methods were utilized...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Yiming Liu, Jiamin Miao, Sy Traore, Danyu Kong, Yi Liu, Xunzhong Zhang, Zachary L Nimchuk, Zongrang Liu, Bingyu Zhao
Agrobacterium overgrowth is a common problem in Agrobacterium-mediated plant transformation. To suppress the Agrobacterium overgrowth, various antibiotics have been used during plant tissue culture steps. The antibiotics are expensive and may adversely affect plant cell differentiation and reduce plant transformation efficiency. The SacB-SacR proteins are toxic to most Agrobacterium tumefaciens strains when they are grown on culture medium supplemented with sucrose. Therefore, SacB-SacR genes can be used as negative selection markers to suppress the overgrowth of A...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
Fei Ling, Fei Zhou, Hao Chen, Yongjun Lin
Agrobacterium-mediated co-transformation is an efficient strategy to generate marker-free transgenic plants. In this study, the vectors pMF-2A(∗) containing a synthetic cry2A(∗) gene driven by maize ubiquitin promoter and pCAMBIA1301 harboring hygromycin phosphotransferase gene (hpt) were introduced into Minghui86 (Oryza sativa L. ssp. indica), an elite indica restorer line. Two independent transformants containing both the cry2A(∗) gene and hpt gene were regenerated. Several homozygous marker-free transgenic progenies were derived from family 2AH2, and three of them were selected for further insect bioassay in the laboratory and field...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Alejandro Aguilar, Humberto Peralta, Yolanda Mora, Rafael Díaz, Carmen Vargas-Lagunas, Lourdes Girard, Jaime Mora
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2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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