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Plant J. 1998 Jan;13(1):141-51.

Regional insertional mutagenesis on chromosome III of Arabidopsis thaliana using the maize Ac element.

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Université Laval, Québec, Canada.


The authors describe the production and characterization of a collection of Arabidopsis lines each carrying a transposed Ac (trAc) element. A total of 507 lines were obtained following germinal transpositions of a single Ac element located on the upper portion of chromosome III. Southern analysis revealed that up to 90% of the lines in this collection harbour distinct insertions of Ac in the Arabidopsis genome. As previous studies on the behaviour of Ac in Arabidopsis have indicated that approximately two out of three transposition events occur to linked loci, the authors hypothesized that this collection could be of great use in isolating insertional mutants for genes located in the vicinity of the donor locus. PCR and phenotypic screens were performed to identify mutations in five loci located within a 40 cm region of chromosome III centered on the donor locus. Molecular analyses confirmed the presence of germinal insertions of Ac in three of the loci (NPTII, ABI3 and EST #210A22). At a fourth locus (AtDMC1), despite the absence of a germinal insertion, one line in which somatic insertions occurred regularly was identified and may be of use in isolating a germinal insertion. This collection of trAc lines constitutes a useful complement to the existing collection of T-DNA insertion lines and will soon be made available through the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center.

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