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Extensive mapping efforts are currently underway for the establishment of comparative genomics between the model plant, Arabidopsis thaliana and various Brassica species. Most of these studies have deployed RFLP markers, the use of which is a laborious and time-consuming process. We therefore tested the efficacy of PCR-based Intron Polymorphism (IP) markers(More)
Male-sterile lines were generated in oilseed mustard (Brassica juncea) with a cytotoxic gene (barnase) in conjunction with either of two tapetum-specific promoters, TA29 and A9. Several transformation vectors based on different promoter and marker gene combinations were developed and tested for their efficacy in generating agronomically viable male-sterile(More)
We report in this study, strategies for enhancing and extending tissue-specific expression of a restorer gene (barstar) and their use in the development of improved fertility restorer lines for transgenic male sterile (barnase) lines for hybrid seed production. In the first strategy, a chimeric promoter was developed by combining regulatory elements of two(More)
A zero erucic acid (C22:1) line of Brassica juncea (VH486), adapted to the agronomic conditions of Northern India, has been modified for its fatty acid composition in the seed oil with antisense constructs using the sequence of fad2 gene of B. rapa. The full-length B. rapa fad2 cDNA sequence was determined by 5’ and 3’ RACE of a partial sequence available(More)
Brassica juncea (AABB) is an allotetraploid species containing genomes of B. rapa (AA) and B. nigra (BB). It is a major oilseed crop in South Asia, and grown on approximately 6–7 million hectares of land in India during the winter season under dryland conditions. B. juncea has two well defined gene pools – Indian and east European. Hybrids between the two(More)
Genetic transformation systems have been established for Brassica nigra (cv. IC 257) by using an Agrobacterium binary vector as well as by direct DNA uptake of a plasmid vector. Both the type of vectors carried nptII gene and gus gene. For Agrobacterium mediated transformation, hypocotyl tissue explants were used, and up to 33% of the explants produced(More)
The construction and characterization of two genome-specific recombinant DNA clones from B. nigra are described. Southern analysis showed that the two clones belong to a dispersed repeat family. They differ from each other in their length, distribution and sequence, though the average GC content is nearly the same (45%). These B genome-specific repeats have(More)
Cotyledons excised from seedlings of Cajanus cajan (pigeonpea) were grown on media containing cytokinins (6-benzyladenine, zeatin, and zeatin riboside) and an allied compound, thidiazuron. With the exception of zeatin riboside, initial response in terms of induction of organized structures was very high. However, subsequent regeneration of shoots from(More)
The Cre–loxP site-specific recombination system was deployed for removal of marker genes from Brassica juncea (Indian mustard). Excision frequencies, monitored by removal of nptII or gfp genes in F1 plants of crosses between LOX and CRE lines, were high in quiescent, differentiated somatic tissues but extremely poor in the meristematic regions (and(More)
Primary (AL) amyloidosis results from the pathologic deposition of monoclonal light chains as amyloid fibrils. Studies of recombinant-derived variable region (VL) fragments of these proteins have shown an inverse relationship between thermodynamic stability and fibrillogenic potential. Further, ionic interactions within the VL domain were predicted to(More)