James C. Register

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We have produced in transgenic maize seed the glycoprotein, avidin, which is native to avian, reptilian, and amphibian egg white. A transformant showing high-level expression of avidin was selected. Southern blot data revealed that four copies of the gene are present in this transformant. The foreign protein represents >2% of aqueous soluble extracted(More)
Microsatellite or simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers have wide applicability for genetic analysis in crop plant improvement strategies. The objectives of this project were to isolate, characterize, and map a comprehensive set of SSR markers for maize (Zea mays L.). We developed 1051 novel SSR markers for maize from microsatellite-enriched libraries and by(More)
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most frequent variations in the genome of any organism. SNP discovery approaches such as resequencing or data mining enable the identification of insertion deletion (indel) polymorphisms. These indels can be treated as biallelic markers and can be utilized for genetic mapping and diagnostics. In this study 655(More)
The development of genetic transformation technology for plants has stimulated an interest in using transgenic plants as a novel manufacturing system for producing different classes of proteins of industrial and pharmaceutical value. In this regard, we report the generation and characterization of transgenic maize lines producing recombinant aprotinin. The(More)
Zea mays transformants produced by particle bombardment of embryogenic suspension culture cells of the genotype A188 × B73 and selected on kanamycin or bialaphos were characterized with respect to transgene integration, expression, and inheritance. Selection on bialaphos, mediated by thebar orpat genes, was more efficient than selection on kanamycin,(More)
We have generated transgenic maize seed containing β-glucuronidase(GUS) for commercial production. While many other investigators have demonstrated the expression of GUS as a scoreable marker, this is one of the first cases where a detailed characterization of the transgenic plants and the protein were performed which are necessary to use this as a(More)
Constitutive expression of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) coat protein (CP) gene in transgenic tobacco plants results in inhibition of disease symptom development following inoculation with TMV. Evidence is presented here that this protection is also observed in leaf mesophyll protoplasts isolated from these plants. Protoplasts were resistant to infection(More)
An improved Agrobacterium -mediated transformation protocol is described for a recalcitrant commercial maize elite inbred with optimized media modifications and AGL1. These improvements can be applied to other commercial inbreds. This study describes a significantly improved Agrobacterium-mediated transformation protocol in a recalcitrant commercial maize(More)
We have demonstrated that SSB binds to ssDNA in a complex manner, producing two fundamentally different structures: one that appears as a nucleosomal chain of beads and linkers, and the other as a smooth-contoured, extended nucleoprotein filament. Under physiologic salt conditions, only the beaded complexes were observed. Experiments indicate that the(More)
The ability of maternally inherited pericarp tissue to be useful as a source from which molecular marker profiles of the inbred parents can be generated was investigated, using pericarp and kernel tissue from reciprocal crosses of five maize (Zea mays L.) hybrids and their parental inbred lines. Genotypes were examined using ten SSR loci for each hybrid and(More)