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PEG-mediated and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation in the mycopathogen Verticillium fungicola

By Richard C. Amey, Anna Athey-Pollard, C. (Claire) Burns, P. R. Mills, Andy M. Bailey and Gary D. Foster


Verticillium fungicola, a severe mycopathogen of the cultivated mushroom Agaricus bisporus, was successfully transformed using both PEG-mediated and Agrobacterium-mediated techniques. PEG-mediated co-transformation was successful with hygromycin B resistance (hph), uidA (β-glucuronidase GUS), and green fluorescent protein (GFP) genes. Agrobacterium-mediated transformation was successful with the hph gene. Transformation frequencies of up to 102 transformants per μg DNA and 4068 transformants per 105 conidia were obtained for PEG-mediated and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation respectively. Expression of integrated genes in co-transformants was stable after 18 months of successive sub-culturing on non-selective medium, and following storage at -80 °C in glycerol. Molecular analysis of PEG-mediated transformants showed integration of the transforming genes into the target genome. Molecular analysis of Agrobacterium-mediated transformants showed integration of transforming DNA as single copies within the target genome. Co-transformants exhibited symptoms of disease in inoculation experiments and were at least as virulent as the wild-type fungus. GFP and GUS expression were observed in-vivo with the GFP-tagged strain showing great potential as a tool in epidemiological and host-pathogen interaction studies. The development of transformation systems for V. fungicola will allow in-depth molecular studies of the interaction of this organism with A. bisporus

Topics: SB
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:789

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