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Transgenic Res. 2003 Apr;12(2):179-89.

A specific real-time quantitative PCR detection system for event MON810 in maize YieldGard based on the 3'-transgene integration sequence.

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  • 1Instituto de Biología Molecular de Barcelona-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Jordi Girona 18-26, 08034 Barcelona, Spain.


The increasing presence of transgenic plant derivatives in a wide range of animal and human consumables has provoked in western Europe a strong demand for appropriate detection methods to evaluate the existence of transgenic elements. Among the different techniques currently used, the real-time quantitative PCR is a powerful technology well adapted to the mandatory labeling requirements in the European Union (EU). The use of transgene flanking genomic sequences has recently been suggested as a means to avoid ambiguous results both in qualitative and quantitative PCR-based technologies. In this study we report the identification of genomic sequences adjacent to the 3'-integration site of event MON810 in transgenic maize. This genetically modified crop contains transgene sequences leading to ectopic expression of a synthetic CryIA(b) endotoxin which confers resistance to lepidopteran insects especially against the European corn borer. The characterization of the genome-transgene junction sequences by means of TAIL-PCR has facilitated the design of a specific, sensitive and accurate quantification method based on TaqMan chemistry. Cloning of event MON810 3'-junction region has also allowed to compare the suitability of plasmid target sequences versus genomic DNA obtained from certified reference materials (CRMs), to prepare standard calibration curves for quantification.

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