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Plant J. 1998 May;14(4):497-501.

Rapid discrimination of sequences flanking and within T-DNA insertions in the Arabidopsis genome.

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División de Genética, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Alicante, Spain.


An improvement to previous methods for recovering Arabidopsis thaliana genomic DNA flanking T-DNA insertions is presented that allows for the avoidance of some of the cloning difficulties caused by the concatameric nature of T-DNA inserts. The principle of the procedure is to categorize by size restriction fragments of mutant DNA, produced in separate digestions with NdeI and Bst1107I. Given that the sites for these two enzymes are contiguous within the pGV3850:1003 T-DNA construct, the restriction fragments obtained fall into two categories: those showing identical size in both digestions, which correspond to sequences internal to T-DNA concatamers; and those of different sizes, that contain the junctions between plant DNA and the T-DNA insert. Such a criterion makes it possible to easily distinguish the digestion products corresponding to internal T-DNA parts, which do not deserve further attention, and those which presumably include a segment of the locus of interest. Discrimination between restriction fragments of genomic mutant DNA can be made on rescued plasmids, inverse PCR amplification products or bands in a genomic blot.

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