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FEBS Lett. 2001 Nov 30;509(1):11-6.

Paternally inherited transgenes are down-regulated but retain low activity during early embryogenesis in Arabidopsis.

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Génome et Développement des Plantes, Université de Perpignan, 52 avenue de Villeneuve, 66860 Cedex, Perpignan, France.


We investigated the timing of transgene activation after fertilisation in Arabidopsis following crosses and using two transgenic promoters (from the AtCYCB1 and AtLTP1 genes). Using both a transactivation system and direct transcriptional fusion to drive beta-glucuronidase reporter expression, reciprocal crosses showed a lack of expression of the paternal components. This is consistent with a lack of paternal genome activity previously reported during early seed development in Arabidopsis [Viella-Calzada et al. (2000) Nature 404, 91-94]. However, transactivation experiments of the BARNASE gene gave evidence that at least some paternal loci retain transcriptional activity, though at a low level, during early embryogenesis.

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