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Plant J. 1999 Sep;19(6):727-34.

A simple method to enrich an Agrobacterium-transformed population for plants containing only T-DNA sequences.

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DNA Plant Technologies, Oakland, CA 94608, USA.

Abstract

A simple modification to standard binary vector design has been utilized to enrich an Agrobacterium-transformed population for plants containing only T-DNA sequences. A lethal gene was incorporated into the non-T-DNA portion of a binary vector, along with a screenable marker. The resulting class of vectors is designated as NTL T-DNA vectors (non-T-DNA lethal gene-containing T-DNA vectors). The lethal gene used here is a CaMV 35S-barnase gene with an intron in the coding sequence (barnase-INT); the screenable marker is a pMAS-luciferase gene with an intron in the coding sequence (LUC-int). To evaluate the utility of this vector design, tobacco plants were transformed with either the NTL T-DNA vector or a control vector from which most of the barnase-INT gene was deleted. Populations of 50 transgenic plants were scored for LUC expression. The results indicated a dramatic reduction in the presence of non-T-DNA sequences in the transgenic population using the NTL T-DNA vector. Only one transgenic plant was found to be LUC+ using the NTL vector, compared with 42 of 50 plants using the control vector. Importantly, the efficiency with which transformed tobacco plants was obtained was reduced by no more than 30%. The reduction in LUC+ transgenics was partially reversed when a barstar-expressing tobacco line was transformed, indicating that barnase expression was responsible for the reduced frequency of incorporating non-T-DNA sequences. Similar transformation results were obtained with tomato and grape. The incorporation of a barnase-INT gene outside the left border appears to provide a generally applicable tool for enriching an Agrobacterium-transformed population for plants containing only T-DNA sequences.

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