Elimination of marker genes from transformed filamentous fungi by unselected transient transfection with a Cre-expressing plasmid.

TitleElimination of marker genes from transformed filamentous fungi by unselected transient transfection with a Cre-expressing plasmid.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
JournalFungal genetics and biology : FG & B
Volume46
Issue10
Pagination721-30
ISSN1087-1845
Abstract

A convenient method to remove selectable markers from fungal transformants permits the markers to be used for sequential transformations, and should also reduce public concerns and regulatory impediments to applications involving environmental release of genetically modified fungi. We report a method for marker removal that requires no genetic selection. Protoplasts from Neotyphodium coenophialum,Neotyphodium uncinatum and Epichloƫ festucae transformants containing a hygromycin B phosphotransferase gene (hph) flanked by loxP sites in direct orientation were transiently transfected with a Cre-recombinase expression plasmid, and then cultured without selection. The marker was eliminated in 0.5-2% of the colonies, leaving a single loxP sequence and no other exogenous DNA in the genome. This approach was also applied to the yA gene of Aspergillus nidulans as a laboratory exercise to demonstrate multiple principles of transformation and genome manipulation. Thus, the Cre-expression plasmid and transient transfection approach was rapid, flexible and useful for diverse filamentous fungi.

URLhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1087-1845(09)00117-0
DOI10.1016/j.fgb.2009.06.010
Short TitleFungal Genet Biol
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