Artificial Chromosome Preparation in Arabidopsis

Minoru Murata1

1 Institute of Plant Science and Resources, Okayama University, Kurashiki
Publication Name:  Current Protocols in Plant Biology
Unit Number:   
DOI:  10.1002/cppb.20010
Online Posting Date:  May, 2016
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In Arabidopsis thaliana, various attempts have been made to create artificial chromosomes as a new tool for cytological and genetic analyses. However, most of the efforts have been unsuccessful until recently. Most eukaryotic chromosomes are linear, and therefore the Arabidopsis artificial chromosomes have also been designed to be linear and to carry the telomere structure at both ends. In contrast, circular artificial chromosomes were successfully created by the Cre/LoxP system combined with Ac/Ds transposon system, on the basis of the discovery that ring minichromosomes are relatively stable and transmissible to the next generations in A. thaliana. Because ring minichromosomes ∼1 to 6 Mb in size have been generated, in this article, the protocol for inducing large chromosomal rearrangements resulting in ring chromosome formation is described. © 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana; Ac‐Ds transposon system; Cre/LoxP; ring minichromosome

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Basic Protocol 1: Generation of Artificial Ring Chromosomes
  • Support Protocol 1: Cytological Confirmation of ARC Generation
  • Reagents and Solutions
  • Commentary
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
  • Tables
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Basic Protocol 1: Generation of Artificial Ring Chromosomes

  • Arabidopsis transgenic lines used:
  • WiscDsLox506E08* (ABRC, cat. no. CS859268)
  • The Ac‐RLC‐62 and ‐63 lines*, expressing transposase (TPase) gene derived from maize Activator (AC) (ABRC, cat. nos. CS859430 and CS859431)
  • The Cre‐expressing line, Cre13** (Marjanac et al., ) or CreII*** (Murata et al. unpub. observ.)
  • *All these lines originated from ecotype Columbia (Col) of Arabidopsis thaliana, and available from the Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center (ABRC) at Ohio State University.
  • **This transgenic line originated from ecotype C24, and was obtained from Dr. A. Depicker (VIB, Ghent, Belgium).
  • ***This transgenic line originated from ecotype Columbia (Col‐0) in our laboratory.
  • 5% (v/v) household bleach solution with 0.02% (v/v) Triton X‐100
  • Agar‐solidified MS medium (see recipe) containing:
    • 10 μg/ml glufosinate (trade name, Basta) for germinating CS859268 line
    • 50 μg/ml kanamycin for germinating Ac RLC‐62, Ac RLC‐63, Cre13, and CreII lines
    • 50 μg/liter kanamycin and 10 μg/liter glufosinate for germinating F1 plants
    • 10 μg/liter hygromycin B and 10 μg/ml glufosinate for germinating F2 plants
    • No selective chemicals (just agar plates)
  • Planting soil
  • Silica gel
  • DNeasy Plant Mini kit (Qiagen)
  • PCR primers:
  • Primers for TAIL‐PCR (Table 20.1.0)
  • pGEM‐T Easy plasmid vector (Promega)
  • Growth chamber (SANYO, L200)
  • 8‐cm‐diameter flower pots
  • Plastic containers (e.g., Tupperware)
  • 0.5 ml PCR tubes or 96‐well PCR plates
  • Thermal cycler (e.g., GeneAmp PCR system 9700, Applied Biosystems)
  • Additional reagents and equipment for the polymerase chain reaction (PCR; Kramer and Coen, ), DNA sequencing (Ausubel et al., , Chapter 7), use of the BLASTN program (Wolfsberg and Madden, ), and simple and rapid isolation of DNA from plants (Edwards et al., )
Table 0.1.1   MaterialsPrimers and Their Sequences for TAIL‐PCR a

Primer Sequence (5′‐>3′)

 aN: A, C, G, or T; S: C or G; W: A or T.

Support Protocol 1: Cytological Confirmation of ARC Generation

  • Plants determined to contain an ARC by PCR analysis ( protocol 1Basic Protocol)
  • Fixative (3 volumes of ethanol:1 volume of glacial acetic acid; store at −20°C)
  • Enzyme solution for chromosome preparation (see recipe)
  • Antifade mounting medium (e.g., Vectashield)
  • 4′, 6‐diamidino‐2‐phenylindole dihydrochloride (DAPI)
  • Glass microscope slides
  • Coverslip
  • Fine forceps
  • Dissection needles
  • Fluorescence microscope with a CCD camera and a filter set for UV excitation and blue emission
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