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However, silencing the expression of one or more native genes in plants or silencing the expression of pest genes, such as those found in pathogens or herbivorous insects, is sometimes desired. The first method that was used to decrease the expression of genes in GE plants is termed antisense silencing.
When the backwards gene is transcribed, the messenger RNA mRNA produced from the transgene interferes with the translation of complementary mRNA of the gene to be silenced in the plant or pest into protein or it can lead to RNA interference, described below.
A second method of silencing gene expression was developed in the late s on the basis of fundamental biological research in plants: RNAi started to be used extensively to genetically engineer plants in the s as plasmid vectors and more plant-specific biological information became available.
It had been known since the earliest days of plant biotechnology that post-transcriptional gene regulation silencing was an important process that could regulate the level of expression of plant genes. For example, it was thought that overexpression of a gene important in the anthocyanin pigment production pathway in petunias would produce flowers that had more rich purple pigmentation; instead, the resulting petunia flowers were white Napoli et al.
Whereas the actual mechanism of RNAi was first mechanistically elucidated in nematodes Fire et al. The National Academies Press.
Such traits can involve reduced lignin in plant cell walls, decreased browning in apples, or insect resistance see Chapter 8. The degraded mRNA cannot be translated into protein, so a new trait is created.
A notable use of RNAi, published in two papers in Jin et al. The researchers used a novel approach, which was to make dsRNA via transgenic chloroplast genomes plastomes in crops that were often subjected to damaging herbivory by insects.
The method was effective for two reasons. First, the dsRNA cannot be processed within the plastids because the RNAi machinery does not exist in plastids, thereby ensuring the presence of intact dsRNA in the GE plant when the insect feeds on the plant.
Second, plastome expression provides high expression of the dsRNA relative to that possible by nuclear transformation discussed above. An important consideration in using this technique is to design dsRNAs and their component siRNAs highly specific to the target gene to avoid effects on nontarget genes.
As with any genetic engineering-based insect-control strategy, potential nontarget effects need to be investigated. Development of Non—Tissue-Culture Transformation Methods As described in Chapter 3the construction of GE plants commonly relies on in vitro plant tissue culture, transformation, and plant regeneration.
Among the complications often associated with the regenerated plants is that they can be variable in phenotype and fertility because of somaclonal variation rather than the genetic-engineering event itself see Chapter 3 for description of somaclonal variation. Many factors—including crop, culture media, length of time in tissue culture, and genotype—can affect the frequency and severity of somaclonal variation.
Altered gene expression can result from changes in chromosome number or structure, in DNA sequence, in epigenetic status—for example, DNA methylation see below —or in all Page Share Cite Suggested Citation: There are a few notable exceptions to the requirement of tissue culture for plant transformation.
One is the floral-dip method.
Some members of the Brassicaceae family, such as Arabidopsis thaliana and Camelina sativa, can be transformed with the floral-dip method Clough and Bent, ; Liu et al.
Numerous laboratories have attempted to adapt the floral-dip method to other species, but results have not been reliable or reproducible. Another is the use of particle bombardment to directly transform cells in plant organs that can be rapidly regenerated into plants; this avoids a prolonged cell-culture phase in which somaclonal variability can accumulate Christou, It is well known that, if a plant is grafted, RNAs and proteins can move between the rootstock and the scion; thus, in a grafted plant with a transgenic rootstock or a transgenic scion, there is the potential for GE-derived molecules to be transported to non-GE portions of the plant Haroldsen et al.
For example, if a rootstock were transgenic then fruits might have products of the transgene. Construction of GE plants commonly relies on in vitro plant tissue culture that can result in unintended, somaclonally induced genetic change.
Development of transformation methods that minimize or bypass tissue culture for all crop species would reduce the frequency of tissue-culture—induced somaclonal variation.
Although they have not been applied to commercial products yet, they hold practical value for future GE crops. The technologies include genome editing, synthetic DNA components and artificial chromosomes, and targeted epigenetic modifications. Page Share Cite Suggested Citation: Using SSN systems, scientists can delete, add, or change specific bases at a designated locus.
The DNA break can be repaired in two ways Figure Meganucleases naturally occur in bacteria, archaea, and eukaryotes and were the first SSNs examined for genome editing. Meganucleases are single proteins that recognize a sequence in the DNA that is at least 12 nucleotides long and cleave the target DNA, leaving a double-strand break that can be repaired through NHEJ or HDR by using a donor molecule reviewed in Silva et al.
Meganuclease-mediated genome editing has been demonstrated in maize Zea mays and tobacco Nicotiana spp. It is difficult to change the target sequence specificity of meganucleases, so they are not widely used for genome editing. Zinc finger—domain-containing proteins bind to DNA and are widespread in nature, often functioning as transcription factors proteins that regulate gene expression by binding directly or indirectly to regulatory DNA sequences usually found in the promoter regions of genes 3.Genetics of Skin Cancer includes information about genes and hereditary syndromes associated with basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma skin cancer.
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