One-Step Agrobacterium Mediated Transformation of Eight Genes Essential for Rhizobium Symbiotic Signaling Using the Novel Binary Vector System pHUGE

A. Untergasser, G.J.M. Bijl, W. Liu, T. Bisseling, J.G. Schaart, R. Geurts

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Abstract

Advancement in plant research is becoming impaired by the fact that the transfer of multiple genes is difficult to achieve. Here we present a new binary vector for Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated transformation, pHUGE-Red, in concert with a cloning strategy suited for the transfer of up to nine genes at once. This vector enables modular cloning of large DNA fragments by employing Gateway technology and contains DsRED1 as visual selection marker. Furthermore, an R/Rs inducible recombination system was included allowing subsequent removal of the selection markers in the newly generated transgenic plants. We show the successful use of pHUGE-Red by transferring eight genes essential for Medicago truncatula to establish a symbiosis with rhizobia bacteria as one 74 kb T-DNA into four non-leguminous species; strawberry, poplar, tomato and tobacco. We provide evidence that all transgenes are expressed in the root tissue of the non-legumes. Visual control during the transformation process and subsequent marker gene removal makes the pHUGE-Red vector an excellent tool for the efficient transfer of multiple genes.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere47885
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • site-specific recombination
  • root-nodule organogenesis
  • selectable marker gene
  • genomic dna fragments
  • medicago-truncatula
  • plant transformation
  • nodulation factors
  • lotus-japonicus
  • host-range
  • cytokinin

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