Molecular Breeding Division

Suigen, South Korea

Molecular Breeding Division

Suigen, South Korea

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Kim C.-K.,South Korean National Institute of Animal Science | Lim H.-M.,South Korean National Institute of Animal Science | Na J.-K.,Molecular Breeding Division | Choi J.-W.,National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science | And 5 more authors.
Evolutionary Bioinformatics | Year: 2014

We introduced a multistep screening method to identify the genes in plants using microarrays and ribonucleic acid (RNA)-seq transcrip-tome data. Our method describes the process for identifying genes using the salt-tolerance response pathways of the potato (Solanum tuberosum) plant. Gene expression was analyzed using microarrays and RNA-seq experiments that examined three potato lines (high, intermediate, and low salt tolerance) under conditions of salt stress. We screened the orthologous genes and pathway genes involved in salinity-related biosynthetic pathways, and identified nine potato genes that were candidates for salinity-tolerance pathways. Te nine genes were selected to characterize their phylogenetic reconstruction with homologous genes of Arabidopsis thaliana, and a Circos diagram was generated to understand the relationships among the selected genes. Te involvement of the selected genes in salt-tolerance pathways was verified by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis. One candidate potato gene was selected for physiological validation by generating dehydration-responsive element-binding 1 (DREB1)-overexpressing transgenic potato plants. Te DREB1 overexpression lines exhibited increased salt tolerance and plant growth when compared to that of the control. Although the nine genes identified by our multistep screening method require further characterization and validation, this study demonstrates the power of our screening strategy after the initial identification of genes using microarrays and RNA-seq experiments. © the authors, publisher and licensee libertas academica limited.


Yang D.-H.,Molecular Breeding Division | Chang A.-C.,Molecular Breeding Division | Ahn I.-P.,Molecular Breeding Division | Kim H.-J.,Molecular Breeding Division | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Plant Biotechnology | Year: 2013

Rice is one of the most important cereal crops as a model plant for functional genomics of monocotyledons and usually transformed using Agrobacterium tumefaciens. However, the transformation's process using previous method is still time consuming and uneconomical, low efficiency. In this study, we established a new method by modifying the general Agrobacterium protocol especially in the infection and co-cultivation, Agrobacterium elimination, infected calli's selection steps using liquid media. We directly inoculated Agrobacterium containing a ZjLsL gene under the control of constitutive promoter into the 1-to 3-week-old rice calli derived from mature seeds. After 3 days of co-cultivation, the infected calli were transferred onto liquid media of Agrobacterium elimination and calli's selection for 3 days. The calli were transferred to calli's growth solid media for 14 days and then the calli transferred to shoot induction and root induction media. Putative transformants were initially selected on the medium containing phosphinothricin, and the PAT protein verified by PAT strip test. This method in this study would lead to reduction of substantial labor and time to generate transgenic plants. © Korean Society for Plant Biotechnology.

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