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RE protoplast transformation

thomas altmann altmann at de.dbp.mpg.mpimg-berlin
Fri Jul 10 08:06:22 EST 1992

Dear Jim,
we are using transient expression in Arabidopsis protoplasts routinely in
the lab. We are using PEG-mediated DNA transfer according to Damm et al.
(1989) Mol. Gen. Genet. 217, 6-12 principally only omitting the alginate 
embedding necessary for regeneration. The complete protocol is being published 
in Methods in Arabidopsis Research, C. Koncz, N.-H. Chua, J. Schell eds. 
In brief, mesophyll protoplasts are isolated from leaves of axenically 
grown plants. 500.000 protoplasts are usually incubated with 50-100 5g of
plasmid DNA (eg. pRT102GUS) in the presence of 20% w/w PEG. After washing
off the PEG the protoplasts are cultured in liquid medium for 2 to 3 days 
to reach maximal GUS expression.
By T-DNA mediated transformation we also generated transgenic Arabidopsis
plants ecotype C24 carrying a p35S-GUS fusion which we can send to you. 
One comment to your problem to detect transformed tumor cells: Vancenneyt 
et al.in our lab constructed an intron-containing p35S-GUS gene that 
allows detection of transformed cells very early after Agrobacterium-
infection (Mol. Gen. Genet. 220, 245-250, 1990). This construct worked well 
in Arabidopsis and may also be useful in your case.


Thomas Altmann
IGF Berlin GmbH
Ihnestra_e 63
W-100_ Berlin 33

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