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The regulatory sequences of many genes encoding seed storage proteins have been used to drive seed-specific expression of a variety of proteins in transgenic plants. Because the levels at which these transgene-derived proteins accumulate are generally quite low, we investigated the utility of the arcelin-5 regulatory sequences in obtaining high(More)
Light conditions during Agrobacterium-based plant transformation, the most routinely used method in plant genetic engineering, differ widely and, to our knowledge, have not been studied systematically in relation to transformation efficiency. Here, light effects were examined in two already optimized transformation procedures: coculture of Agrobacterium(More)
An efficient method has been developed for somatic embryogenesis, plant regeneration and transformation of the important banana cultivar ‘Dwarf Cavendish’ (Musa AAA). A high embryogenic response was obtained in 1.36 % of immature male flower explants. Once embryogenic structures were transferred to liquid medium, embryogenic cell suspensions (ECSs) with(More)
Antibiotic and herbicide resistance genes have been used in transgene technology as powerful selection tools. Nonetheless, once transgenic events have been obtained their presence is no longer needed and can even be undesirable. In this work, we have developed a system to excise the selectable marker and the cre recombinase genes from transgenic banana cv.(More)
In the seeds of the legume plants, a class of sugar-binding proteins with high structural and sequential identity is found, generally called the legume lectins. The seeds of the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) contain, besides two such lectins, a lectin-like defense protein called arcelin, in which one sugar binding loop is absent. Here we report the(More)
The Mismatch Repair (MMR) system is a highly conserved pathway for the maintenance of genomic stability in many organisms. In plants, this is particularly important because of the lack of a reserved germline. Suppression of MMR leads to an accumulation of random mutations in the genome over successive generations, and thus maximizes genetic diversity. MMR(More)
The in vivo determination of the cell-specific chromosome number provides a valuable tool in several aspects of plant research. However, current techniques to determine the endosystemic ploidy level do not allow non-destructive, cell-specific chromosome quantification. Particularly in the gametophytic cell lineages, which are physically encapsulated in the(More)
∆1-Pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase (P5CS) is a key enzyme of proline biosynthesis in plants. The Nicotiana plumbaginifolia mutant RNa was previously reported as salt tolerant, overproducing proline, and having reduced feedback inhibition of proline biosynthesis. A mutation in an RNa P5CS gene changing a conserved glutamate codon at position 155 into a(More)
Genetic transformation is a tool of special interest for developing new biotechnological strategies for the production of bio-active compounds such as cardenolides, which are exclusively obtained from plants. To date, Digitalis plants are the main economically viable source of cardenolides for the pharmaceutical industry. This study describes the(More)
T-DNA transfer and integration frequencies during Agrobacterium-mediated root explant cocultivation and floral dip transformations of Arabidopsis thaliana were analyzed with and without selection for transformation-competent cells. Based on the presence or absence of CRE recombinase activity without or with the CRE T-DNA being integrated, transient(More)