Title

Transient reporter gene (GUS) expression in creeping bentgrass (Agrostis palustris) is affected by in vivo nucleolytic activity

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

6-1-2003

Abstract

Leaf and callus tissues of a creeping bentgrass cultivar (Penn A4) had high nuclease activities that degraded exogenously added plasmid DNA. When callus tissue was incubated for 24 h with heparin, spermidine, aurintricarboxylic acid or polyethylene glycol, only heparin and spermidine were effective as in vitro nuclease inhibitors, protecting exogenously added plasmid DNA from degradation. When β-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter gene activity was evaluated in heparin-treated (0.6%), 14-month old callus following microprojectile bombardment, GUS activity increased 1000-fold compared to equivalent aged untreated Penn A4 callus. Similar enhancement from heparin pretreatment (0.6% or 1.2%) was not observed in 6-month old callus. This is likely due to much higher activities of nuclease in the younger callus.

Publication Title

Biotechnology Letters

Volume

25

Issue

12

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