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Expression of the gus A gene in embryogenic cell lines of Sitka spruce following Agrobacterium-mediated transformation

P.M.W. Drake, A. John, J.B. Power and M.R. Davey
Journal of Experimental Botany
Vol. 48, No. 306 (JANUARY 1997), pp. 151-155
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23695567
Page Count: 5
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Expression of the gus A gene in embryogenic cell lines of Sitka spruce following Agrobacterium-mediated transformation
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Abstract

Transformation of Picea sitchensis (Bong) Carr. was investigated by incubating embryogenic cell lines, initiated from immature and mature zygotic embryos, with a supervirulent strain of Agrobacterium tumefaciens. The latter carried a gus A-intron gene. Transient gene expression was determined histochemically by recording the number of distinct areas of β-glucuronidase (GUS) activity. Maximum expression of the gus gene was achieved with a bacterial suspension with an OD600 of 0.8-1.1 diluted with an equal volume of MPM medium, inoculation of cells with bacteria for 30 min, 72 h co-cultivation period and exposure of Agrobacterium and plant cells to 50 μM acetosyringone. These results are discussed in relation to Agrobacterium-mediated gene delivery for the stable transformation of Sitka spruce and other conifers.

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