Ectopic expression of a soybean phytase in developing seeds of Glycine max to improve phosphorus availability

Ectopic expression of a soybean phytase in developing seeds of Glycine max to improve phosphorus... A transgenic approach was used to alter soybean seed phytate content by expressing a soybean phytase gene (GmPhy) during seed development to degrade accumulating phytic acid (IP6). An expression vector containing the soybean phytase cDNA controlled by the seed-specific β-conglycinin promoter (α′-subunit) was used to transform embryogenic soybean cultures. Plants from four independent transgenic lines were analyzed for transgene integration and seed IP6 levels. The reduction in IP6 levels in transgenic seeds compared to control ‘Jack’ soybeans ranged from 12.6 to 24.8 as determined by HPLC. A low copy transformant was propagated to the T4 generation and examined in more detail for phytase expression and enzyme activity during seed development. Expression of phytase mRNA and phytase activity increased during seed development, consistent with the use of an embryo-specific promoter. Ectopic phytase expression during seed development offers potential as an effective strategy for reducing phytate content in soybean seed. Plant Molecular Biology Springer Journals

Ectopic expression of a soybean phytase in developing seeds of Glycine max to improve phosphorus availability

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 2005 by Springer
Life Sciences; Biochemistry, general; Plant Sciences; Plant Pathology
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