A novel approach for the construction of plant amiRNA expression vectors

A novel approach for the construction of plant amiRNA expression vectors Artificial microRNA (amiRNA) technology has been applied in Arabidopsis thaliana and other plants to efficiently silence target genes of interest. Here we described a novel approach to construct plant amiRNA expression vectors with seamless enzyme-free cloning (SEFC) and mating-assisted genetically integrated cloning (MAGIC). Two pairs of primers were designed when the loop of amiRNA precursor was longer than 60 bp while three oligonucleotides were used to amplify the linearized vector containing the amiRNA precursor whose loop was smaller than 60 bp. The PCR products were transformed into Escherichia coli to generate the donor plasmid containing the amiRNA expression cassette through homologous recombination in vivo . The amiRNA expression cassette was then transferred to the recipient plasmid via MAGIC and an amiRNA expression plasmid was created. More than 200 amiRNA expression vectors were generated with this approach, three of which have been transformed into A. thaliana and successfully silence the target genes. Given its low-cost and simplicity, this novel approach of plant amiRNA expression vectors construction will benefit the study of individual gene function and establishment of plant amiRNA libraries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Biotechnology Elsevier

A novel approach for the construction of plant amiRNA expression vectors

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Elsevier
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
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0168-1656
eISSN
1873-4863
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.jbiotec.2010.10.078
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Abstract

Artificial microRNA (amiRNA) technology has been applied in Arabidopsis thaliana and other plants to efficiently silence target genes of interest. Here we described a novel approach to construct plant amiRNA expression vectors with seamless enzyme-free cloning (SEFC) and mating-assisted genetically integrated cloning (MAGIC). Two pairs of primers were designed when the loop of amiRNA precursor was longer than 60 bp while three oligonucleotides were used to amplify the linearized vector containing the amiRNA precursor whose loop was smaller than 60 bp. The PCR products were transformed into Escherichia coli to generate the donor plasmid containing the amiRNA expression cassette through homologous recombination in vivo . The amiRNA expression cassette was then transferred to the recipient plasmid via MAGIC and an amiRNA expression plasmid was created. More than 200 amiRNA expression vectors were generated with this approach, three of which have been transformed into A. thaliana and successfully silence the target genes. Given its low-cost and simplicity, this novel approach of plant amiRNA expression vectors construction will benefit the study of individual gene function and establishment of plant amiRNA libraries.

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Journal of BiotechnologyElsevier

Published: Jan 10, 2011

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