The Cre/lox system was used to obtain targeted integration of an Agrobacterium T-DNA at a lox site in the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana. Site-specific recombinants, and not random events, were preferentially selected by activation of a silent lox-neomycin phosphotransferase (nptII) target gene. To analyse the effectiveness of Agrobacterium-mediated transfer we used T-DNA vectors harbouring a single lox sequence (this vector had to circularize at the T-DNA left- and right-border sequences prior to site-specific integration) or two lox sequences (this vector allowed circularization at the lox sequences within the T-DNA either prior to or after random integration, followed by targeting of the circularized vector), respectively. Furthermore, to control the reversibility of the integration reaction, Cre recombinase was provided transiently by using a cotransformation approach. One precise stable integrant was found amongst the recombinant calli obtained after transformation with a double-lox T-DNA vector. The results indicate that Agrobacterium-mediated transformation can be used as a tool to obtain site-specific integration.
Plant Molecular Biology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 6, 2004
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