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Molecular gene transfer techniques have been used to engineer the fatty acid composition of Brassica rapa and Brassica napus (canola) oil. Stearoyl-acyl carrier protein (stearoyl-ACP) desaturase (EC 1.14.99.6) catalyzes the first desaturation step in seed oil biosynthesis, converting stearoyl-ACP to oleoyl-ACP. Seed-specific antisense gene constructs of B.(More)
Oleosins are small hydrophobic abundant proteins localized in the oil bodies of plant seeds. An oleosin gene from the monocotyledonous maize (Zea mays L.) was transferred into the dicotyledonous Brassica napus L. using Agrobacterium-mediated transformation. The maize oleosin gene was placed under the control of either its own promoter/terminator or the(More)
Medium-chain fatty acids (FAs), found in storage lipids of certain plants, are an important renewable resource. Seeds of undomesticated California bay accumulate laurate (12:0), and a 12:0-acyl-carrier protein thioesterase (BTE) has been purified from this tissue. Sequencing of BTE enabled the cloning of a complementary DNA coding for a plastid-targeted(More)
Transformation and regeneration procedures for obtaining transgenic Brassica rapa ssp. oleifera plants are described. Regeneration frequencies were increasedby using silver nitrate and by adjusting the duration of exposure to 2,4-D. For transformation, Agrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA101 containing a binary plasmid with the neomycin phosphotransferase(More)
We showed previously that a gene, designated AX92, which is expressed at an early stage of cortex differentiation in the root apex of oilseed rape seedlings, is also expressed in embryos. To compare AX92 gene regulation during embryo-genesis and postembryonic growth, we constructed a chimeric gene consisting of AX92 5' and 3' untranslated and flanking(More)
A genomic clone of an acyl carrier protein gene (Bcg4-4) which is highly expressed in developing embryos of Brassica rapa was isolated and sequenced. The promoter and transcription terminator regions of Bcg4-4 were used to express a beta-glucuronidase reporter gene in transgenic rapeseed. Deletion of repeated domains in the promoter region did not lower(More)
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