Plants, Genetically Modified

Publication Title: 
Plant Cell Reports

Resistant rootstocks offer an alternative to pesticides for the control of soil pests. In Prunus spp., resistance loci to root-knot nematodes (RKN) have been mapped and a transformation method is needed to validate candidate genes. Our efforts have focused on the generation of transformed hairy-roots and composite plants appropriate for nematode infection assays. An efficient and reliable method using the A4R strain of Agrobacterium rhizogenes for the transformation of Prunus roots with an Egfp reporter gene is given.

Author(s): 
Bosselut, Nathalie
Van Ghelder, Cyril
Claverie, Michel
Voisin, Roger
Onesto, Jean-Paul
Rosso, Marie-Noëlle
Esmenjaud, Daniel
Publication Title: 
Aging Cell

Caloric restriction (CR) extends lifespan in various heterotrophic organisms ranging from yeasts to mammals, but whether a similar phenomenon occurs in plants remains unknown. Plants are autotrophs and use their photosynthetic machinery to convert light energy into the chemical energy of glucose and other organic compounds. As the rate of photosynthesis is proportional to the level of photosynthetically active radiation, the CR in plants can be modeled by lowering light intensity.

Author(s): 
Minina, Elena A.
Sanchez-Vera, Victoria
Moschou, Panagiotis N.
Suarez, Maria F.
Sundberg, Eva
Weih, Martin
Bozhkov, Peter V.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

Evaluating ecological safety and conducting pest risk analysis for transgenic crops are vitally important before their commercial planting. The beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua, a long-distance migratory insect pest, is not a direct target of transgenic Cry1Ac-expressing cotton in China, but nevertheless it has recently become an important pest. Migrants leaving their natal field arrive in other appropriate habitat far away in a short time, often followed by larval outbreaks. S. exigua has low susceptibility to Cry1Ac.

Author(s): 
Jiang, Xing Fu
Chen, Jian
Zhang, Lei
Sappington, Thomas W.
Luo, Li Zhi
Publication Title: 
Journal of Economic Entomology

Increasing adoption of transgenic crops expressing cry toxin genes from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt crops) represents an augmented risk for development of insect resistance. While fitness costs can greatly influence the rate of resistance evolution, most available data related to Bt resistance have been obtained from laboratory-selected insect strains. In this article, we test the existence of fitness costs associated with high levels of field-evolved resistance to Bt maize event TC1507 in a strain of Spodoptera frugiperda (JE Smith) originated from maize fields in Puerto Rico.

Author(s): 
Jakka, S. R. K.
Knight, V. R.
Jurat-Fuentes, J. L.
Publication Title: 
Planta Medica

The Mexican species GALPHIMIA GLAUCA (Cav.) Kuntze (Malphigiaceae) synthesises a family of sedative and anxiolytic nor-secofriedelanes, designated as galphimines. These active principles accumulate at low concentration in the aerial parts of plants from wild populations. Transformed calluses and cell suspension cultures of this species were established in order to induce a greater production of nor-friedelanes. The cell suspension line GgBa was selected and grown over a period of two years of continuous subculturing in MS nutrient medium in the absence of growth regulators.

Author(s): 
Ortíz, Anabel
Cardoso-Taketa, Alexandre
Monroy, Mario Rodríguez
Arellano, Jesús
Hernández, Georgina
Villarreal, María Luisa
Publication Title: 
Current Medicinal Chemistry

Artemisinin the sesquiterpene endoperoxide lactone extracted from the herb Artemisia annua, remains the basis for the current preferred treatment against the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum. In addition, artemisinin and its derivatives show additional anti-parasite, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties. Widespread use of this valuable secondary metabolite has been hampered by low production in vivo and high cost of chemical synthesis in vitro. Novel production methods are required to accommodate the ever-growing need for this important drug.

Author(s): 
Arsenault, Patrick R.
Wobbe, Kristin K.
Weathers, Pamela J.
Publication Title: 
Genetics and molecular research: GMR

Finding an efficient and affordable treatment against malaria is still a challenge for medicine. Artemisinin is an effective anti-malarial drug isolated from Artemisia annua. However, the artemisinin content of A. annua is very low. We used transgenic technology to increase the artemisinin content of A. annua by overexpressing cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (cyp71av1) and cytochrome P450 reductase (cpr) genes. CYP71AV1 is a key enzyme in the artemisinin biosynthesis pathway, while CPR is a redox partner for CYP71AV1. Eight independent transgenic A.

Author(s): 
Shen, Q.
Chen, Y. F.
Wang, T.
Wu, S. Y.
Lu, X.
Zhang, L.
Zhang, F. Y.
Jiang, W. M.
Wang, G. F.
Tang, K. X.
Publication Title: 
PloS One

The phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) plays an important role in plant development and environmental stress response. In this study, we cloned an ABA receptor orthologue, AaPYL9, from Artemisia annua L. AaPYL9 is expressed highly in leaf and flower. AaPYL9 protein can be localized in both nucleus and cytoplasm. Yeast two-hybrid assay shows AaPYL9 can specifically interact with AtABI1 but not with AtABI2, AtHAB1 or AtHAB2. ABA can enhance the interaction between AaPYL9 and AtABI1 while AaPYL9-89 Pro?Ser and AaPYL9-116 His?Ala point mutations abolishes the interaction.

Author(s): 
Zhang, Fangyuan
Lu, Xu
Lv, Zongyou
Zhang, Ling
Zhu, Mengmeng
Jiang, Weiming
Wang, Guofeng
Sun, Xiaofen
Tang, Kexuan
Publication Title: 
Plant Physiology

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) and Arabidopsis were used as model systems to examine molecular mechanisms underlying developmental effects of a microsomal UDP-glucuronosyltransferase-encoding gene from pea (Pisum sativum; PsUGT1). Alfalfa expressing PsUGT1 antisense mRNA under the control of the cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter exhibited delayed root emergence, reduced root growth, and increased lateral root development. The timing of root emergence in wild-type and antisense plants was correlated with the transient accumulation of auxin at the site of root emergence.

Author(s): 
Woo, Ho-Hyung
Faull, Kym F.
Hirsch, Ann M.
Hawes, Martha C.
Publication Title: 
The Medical Journal of Australia

We would be wise to hold off until we know more about the health, ecological and economic effects of genetically modified food.

Author(s): 
Leeder, S. R.

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