LUC reporter gene
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Agriculture, Forestry, Horticulture, Fishery, Domestic Science, Nutrition
Abstract An inducible transposable element, termed INAc (inducible Activator), was constructed for development of a gene tagging system in higher plants. The advantage of such an inducible element is that, unlike the native transposon, its excision can be induced at any time during plant development and the resulting mutants are stable after removal of the inducer. A fusion of the SA inducible promoter (PR-1a) with the Ac transposase gene was inserted together with a hygromycin resistance gene between ca. 400 bp sequences from each end of the maize Ac element, yielding INAc. The INAc element was introduced into tobacco and tomato plants. A high frequency of spontaneous transposition was apparent in primary transformed tomato calli but not in tobacco calli. Treatment of tobacco plants with salicylic acid induced transposition of INAc in both somatic and germinal tissue, with germinal transposition events being revealed by characterization of the progeny of transformed plants whose flowers were exposed to SA. The INAc element thus exhibits potential for development of an inducible transposon system suitable for gene isolation in heterologous plant species.
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