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Title: Studies on promoter trap transgenic plants of Arabidopsis thaliana
Author: Muskett, Paul Raymond
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 1997
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In order to identify and isolate genomic sequences that direct gene expression in the vascular tissues a 'promoter trapping' approach was adopted. Populations of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana have been generated that contain a promoter trap vector, comprising a promoterless gusA gene. The rationale is that the inserted gusA sequence is only expected to be activated when integrated downstream of a native gene promoter, creating a functional gene fusion. Five transgenic Arabidopsis lines that were previously demonstrated to exhibit GUS fusion activity in vascular tissues were selected for this study. The number of T-DNA inserts in these lines was determined, and three of the five lines were found to contain single T-DNA copies. One line containing a single T-DNA insert, designated AtVS-1, was selected for further study.;Promoterless gusA expression in AtVS-1 was analysed throughout development, and a temporal and spatial regulation of gusA gene expression was observed. A putative aberrant roof phenotype was also revealed. An inverse PCR strategy was used to amplify genomic sequences flanking the T-DNA left border in AtVS-1, to yield an IPCR product of 1.45kb. The IPCR product was used as a molecular probe to identify homologous clones in wild-type genomic and cDNA libraries, which have been partially sequenced and show no similarity with other known genes. AtVS-1 was also used as a marker line to analyse cellular organization in two embryonic morphogenesis mutants. These results demonstrate the potential of promoter trapping as a means of creating functional tags to analyse genomic sequences direction transgene expression in the vascular tissues, and to facilitate the isolation of those sequences.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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