Successful PCR-based reverse genetic screens using an En-1-mutagenised Arabidopsisthaliana population generated via single-seed descent
Baumann E, Lewald J, Saedler H, Schulz B, Wisman E
THEORETICAL AND APPLIED GENETICS

97: (5-6) 729-734 OCT 1998


Abstract:
The development of an Arabidopsis population via single-seed descent is described which includes 3,000 lines that carry approximately 15,000 independent insertions of the autonomous maize element En-l. A PCR strategy is outlined which allows the recovery of En-1-insertion mutants among this population in any random gene sequence of Arabidopsis thaliana. The method employs PCR reactions on pooled DNA. Positive amplification using a target-specific primer and an En-l-specific primer on row, column and single-tray pools identifies the putative insertion mutant. In a control experiment two insertion mutants of the PIN gene were successfully identified. In addition, a new independent insertion in the PIN gene was detected which was transmitted to the next generation and showed cosegregation with the pi,il phenotype. These examples demonstrate that the inheritance of inserts of the autonomous element En-1 is stable enough to make a proper genetic analysis feasible in a genomic background with multiple En-1 inserts.

Author Keywords:
Arabidopsis, En-1, reverse genetics, PIN, transposable element

KeyWords Plus:
DNA INSERTION MUTAGENESIS, CAENORHABDITIS-ELEGANS, TRANSPOSON, SYSTEM, MAIZE, IDENTIFICATION, INACTIVATION, DROSOPHILA, MUTATIONS, MUTANTS

Addresses:
Wisman E, Max Planck Inst Zuchtungsforsch, Carl Von Linne Weg 10, D-50829 Cologne, Germany.
Max Planck Inst Zuchtungsforsch, D-50829 Cologne, Germany.
Univ Cologne, Inst Bot 2, MPG, MDL, D-50829 Cologne, Germany.

Publisher:
SPRINGER VERLAG, NEW YORK

IDS Number:
137PN

ISSN:
0040-5752