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BMC Biotechnology

, 4:14

First Online: 13 July 2004Received: 21 February 2004Accepted: 13 July 2004

Abstract

BackgroundAfter transformation, plants that are homozygous and contain one copy of the transgene are typically selected for further study. If real-time PCR is to be used to determine copy number and zygosity, it must be able to distinguish hemizygous from homozygous and one-copy from two-copy plants. That is, it must be able to detect two-fold differences.

ResultsWhen transgenic Nicotiana attenuata plants which had been previously determined by Southern analysis to contain one or two copies of the transgene, were analyzed by real-time PCR 2 method, the method failed to confirm the results from the Southern analysis. In a second data set we analyzed offspring of a hemizygous one-copy plant, which were expected to segregate into three groups of offspring in a 1:2:1 ratio: no transgene, hemizygous, homozygous. Because it was not possible to distinguish homozygous from hemizygous plants with real-time PCR, we could not verify this segregation ratio.

ConclusionsDetection of two-fold differences by real-time PCR is essential if this procedure is to be used for the characterization of transgenic plants. However, given the high variability between replicates, a detection of two-fold differences is in many cases not possible; in such cases Southern analysis is the more reliable procedure.

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6750-4-14 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Ben Bubner - Klaus Gase - Ian T Baldwin

Fuente: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/1472-6750-4-14



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