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Frontiers of Agriculture in China

ISSN 1673-7334

ISSN 1673-744X(Online)

CN 11-5729/S

Front. Agric. China    2008, Vol. 2 Issue (2) : 125-130     DOI: 10.1007/s11703-008-0037-z
Inverted-repeat transgenic maize plants resistant to sugarcane mosaic virus
BAI Yunfeng1, YANG Hongchun2, QU Lin2, ZHENG Jun2, ZHANG Jinpeng2, WANG Maoyan2, XIE Wan2, ZHOU Xiaomei2, WANG Guoying3
1.Institute of Crop Genetics, Shanxi Academy of Agricultural Sciences;State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University; 2.State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University; 3.State Key Laboratory of Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University;Institute of Crop Sciences, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences;
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Abstract RNA silencing is a post-transcriptional gene-silencing phenomenon induced by double-stranded RNA (dsRNA). In an attempt to generate dsRNA-mediated transgenic maize plants resistant to sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), we cloned SCMV NIb gene-specific sequences and inserted it into the binary vector p3301 in the sense and antisense orientations (named SCMVirNIb), which could produce RNAs capable of duplex formation in plant cells. Maize immature embryos were co-cultured with Agrobacterium carrying two vectors, one marker-free vector harboring the SCMVirNIb and one vector harboring bar gene as the selective marker. Resistant calli were recovered by selection on medium containing Biolaphos. Among the regenerated plantlets from resistant calli, 14 plants have been certified to contain SCMVirNIb by PCR amplification and DNA dot blot. T1 plants derived from the 14 plants were challenged in a greenhouse with SCMV inoculums and the percentages of resistant plants in 11 T1 lines were higher than 60%. One plant in the T1 line was found to carry SCMVirNIb without bar gene by PCR assay.T2 plants derived from T1 SCMV resistant transgenic plants were challenged with SCMV inoculums in field. The percentages of resistant plants from 3 lines, including the line derived from the marker-free transgenic plant, were higher than 85%. The non-transgenic control plants were all susceptible. Further molecular analysis confirmed that the resistant plants from the marker-free transgenic line contained SCMVirNIb but not the bar gene.
Issue Date: 05 June 2008
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BAI Yunfeng,YANG Hongchun,QU Lin, et al. Inverted-repeat transgenic maize plants resistant to sugarcane mosaic virus[J]. Front. Agric. China, 2008, 2(2): 125-130.
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