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[Arabidopsis] influence of CaMV35S on the pattern of nearby promoter-GUS

Michael Sullivan via arab-gen%40net.bio.net (by mlsulliv At wisc.edu)
Wed Jan 3 12:36:36 EST 2007

On Jan 2, 2007, at 8:09 PM, Luoping Yan wrote:

>> As the staining patterns of my promoter fusion lines are not  
>> consistent at al, I want to use another vector pBI121 or pCGN1547.  
>> Does anyone know where to get pCGN1547?
>> How do you deal with those lines from 35S containing vector?  
>> CAMBIA suggests doing co-transformation strategy to complete  
>> remove the influence of CaMV35S, i.e. one vector without  
>> selectable marker gene in T-DNA and the other contains only  
>> selectable marker  gene in T-DNA. But it will involve a lot of  
>> work and screening workload would be large.
>> Has anyone tried this and how about the success rate?

I haven't tried the co-transformation approach (yet) but I have  
looked into it. Most of the literature I've seen on this indicates  
that co-transformation rates are pretty high-- I seem to recall  
seeing numbers on the order of 35-75% given. So, this does not seem  
like it would be so very much work, and screening for the presence of  
your gus reporter gene would not be that hard by PCR.

Still, you do see lots of literature with researchers using GUS  
reporters in a standard T-DNA with a linked selectable markers driven  
by a strong promoter. I suspect this works well enough in lots of  
cases, but probably depends on a lot of things (orientation, nature  
of both promoters, etc). Probably trying to separate the selectable  
marker promoter and the promoter of interest would help somewhat. I  
suspect if the reporter data observed in such experiments is  
consistent with data already in hand (e.g. northern data, phenotypic  
data), a research probably wouldn't worry about the effects of the  
linked marker promoter.


Michael L. Sullivan
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US Dairy Forage Research Center
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