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Methods Mol Biol. 2004;262:25-34.

Intrachromosomal homologous recombination in Arabidopsis thaliana.

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Institut für Pflanzengenetik und Kulturpflanzenforschung, Gatersleben, Germany.


Because of the availability of the complete sequence of the genome of the model plant Arabidopsis and of insertion mutants for most genes in public mutant collections, the elucidation of the particular role of different factors involved in DNA recombination and repair processes, an important task for plant biology, is becoming feasible. An assay system based on transgenes harboring homologous overlaps of the beta-glucuronidase (uidA) gene is available to determine recombination behavior in various mutant backgrounds. Restoration of the marker gene by homologous recombination can be detected by histochemical staining in planta. Inclusion of a site of the rare cutting restriction enzyme I-SceI in the transgene construct enables the determination of recombination frequencies after induction of double-strand breaks. In this chapter we describe how the respective transgene is transferred by transformation or crossing into the mutant background, how recombination frequencies are determined, and, if necessary, how cells carrying a restored uidA gene can be isolated and propagated for molecular analysis of the particular recombination event.

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