Title

Use of β-glucuronidase reporter gene for gene expression analysis in turfgrasses

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

7-16-2004

Abstract

The β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene has been successfully used as a reporter gene in innumerable number of plant species. The functional GUS gene produces blue coloration in plants upon integration into the plant genome. Because of the ease it provides to analyze the gene expression (as no expensive equipment is needed), GUS gene is surely plant biotechnologist's first choice as a reporter gene. The turfgrass family contains the world's most economically important horticultural crops. There is a world-wide drive for genetic modification of grasses due to its huge economic importance. GUS gene can be transiently or stably expressed in grasses for the purpose of promoter analysis and to study tissue-specific and developmental gene expression. This paper summarizes the use of GUS gene for transient and stable expression studies in various turfgrass species. © 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Volume

320

Issue

1

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