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ABSTRACT: A mannose selection system was adapted for use in the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of Chinese cabbage. This system makes use of the pmi gene that encodes phosphomannose isomerase, which converts mannose-6-phosphate to fructose-6-phosphate. Hypocotyl explants from 4-5-day-old seedlings of Chinese cabbage inbred lines were pre-cultured for 2-3 days and then infected with Agrobacterium. Two genes (L: -guluno-gamma-lactone oxidase, GLOase, and jasmonic methyl transferase, JMT) were transformed into Chinese cabbage using the transformation procedure developed in this study. We found that supplementing the media with 7 g l(-1) mannose and 2% sucrose provides the necessary conditions for the selection of transformed plants from nontransformed plants. The transformation rates were 1.4% for GLOase and 3.0% for JMT, respectively. The Southern blot analysis revealed that several independent transformants (T (0)) were obtained from each transgene. Three different inbred lines were transformed, and most of the T (1) plants had normal phenotypes. The transformation method presented here for Chinese cabbage using mannose selection is efficient and reproducible, and it can be useful to introduce a desirable gene(s) into commercially useful inbred lines of Chinese cabbage.
Plant Cell Reports 04/2007; 26(3):337-44. · 2.94 Impact Factor