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Evaluation of Constitutive Viral Promoters in Transgenic Soybean Roots and Nodules

August 2008 , Volume 21 , Number  8
Pages  1,027 - 1,035

Manjula Govindarajulu, James M. Elmore, Thomas Fester, and Christopher G. Taylor

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Road, St. Louis 63132, U.S.A.

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Accepted 4 April 2008.

The efficiency of β-glucuronidase (GUS) expression was evaluated with five viral promoters to identify the most suitable promoter or promoters for use in soybean hairy roots, including applications to study the symbiotic interaction with Bradyrhizobium japonicum. Levels of GUS activity were fluorimetrically and histochemically assayed when the GUS (uidA) gene was driven by the Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter and enhanced 35S (E35S) promoter, the Cassava vein mosaic virus (CsVMV) promoter, the Figwort mosaic virus (FMV) promoter, and the Strawberry vein banding virus (SVBV2) promoter. We demonstrate that GUS activity was highest when driven by the FMV promoter and that the promoter activity of 35S and SVBV2 was significantly lower than that of the CsVMV and E35S promoters when tested in soybean hairy roots. In mature soybean root nodules, strong GUS activity was evident when the FMV, 35S, and CsVMV promoters were used. These results indicate that the FMV promoter facilitates the strong expression of target genes in soybean hairy roots and root nodules.

Additional keywords:Agrobacterium rhizogenes, constitutive viral promoter.

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