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Title: Direct visualization of Agrobacterium-delivered VirE2 in recipient cells
Authors: Li, X.
Yang, Q.
Tu, H.
Lim, Z.
Pan, S.Q. 
Keywords: Agrobacterium
Nicotiana benthamiana
protein delivery
Saccharomyces cerevisiae
technical advance
Issue Date: Feb-2014
Citation: Li, X., Yang, Q., Tu, H., Lim, Z., Pan, S.Q. (2014-02). Direct visualization of Agrobacterium-delivered VirE2 in recipient cells. Plant Journal 77 (3) : 487-495. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a natural genetic engineer widely used to deliver DNA into various recipients, including plant, yeast and fungal cells. The bacterium can transfer single-stranded DNA molecules (T-DNAs) and bacterial virulence proteins, including VirE2. However, neither the DNA nor the protein molecules have ever been directly visualized after the delivery. In this report, we adopted a split-GFP approach: the small GFP fragment (GFP11) was inserted into VirE2 at a permissive site to create the VirE2-GFP11 fusion, which was expressed in A. tumefaciens; and the large fragment (GFP1-10) was expressed in recipient cells. Upon delivery of VirE2-GFP11 into the recipient cells, GFP fluorescence signals were visualized. VirE2-GFP11 was functional like VirE2; the GFP fusion movement could indicate the trafficking of Agrobacterium-delivered VirE2. As the natural host, all plant cells seen under a microscope received the VirE2 protein in a leaf-infiltration assay; most of VirE2 moved at a speed of 1.3-3.1 μm sec-1 in a nearly linear direction, suggesting an active trafficking process. Inside plant cells, VirE2-GFP formed filamentous structures of different lengths, even in the absence of T-DNA. As a non-natural host recipient, 51% of yeast cells received VirE2, which did not move inside yeast. All plant cells seen under a microscope transiently expressed the Agrobacterium-delivered transgene, but only 0.2% yeast cells expressed the transgene. This indicates that Agrobacterium is a more efficient vector for protein delivery than T-DNA transformation for a non-natural host recipient: VirE2 trafficking is a limiting factor for the genetic transformation of a non-natural host recipient. The split-GFP approach could enable the real-time visualization of VirE2 trafficking inside recipient cells. © 2013 The Authors The Plant Journal © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Source Title: Plant Journal
ISSN: 09607412
DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12397
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