Stable Transformation of Arabidopsis thaliana Cell Suspension Cultures: A Case Study for The Overexpression of The COI1 Receptor

Eva Diaz Sanchez, Jose O'Brien, Immaculada Perez Salamo, Jovaras Krasauskas, Moritz Bomer, Alessandra Devoto

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Cell suspension cultures have been studied for decades to produce natural molecules. However, the difficulty in generating stably transformed cell lines has limited their use to produce high value chemicals reproducibly and in elevated quantities.
In this protocol, a method to stably transform and maintain Arabidopsis cell suspension cultures is devised and presented in detail. Arabidopsis cell cultures were directly transformed with A. tumefaciens for the overexpression of the CORONATINE INSENSITIVE 1 (COI1) jasmonate receptor. Cell cultures were established after transformation and continuously maintained and tested for the overexpression of COI1. The protocol was also previously used to silence Arabidopsis peroxidases and allows for long term maintenance of transformed cells. Details on culture maintenance, both in liquid and solid media are provided, alongside with evidence of protein expression to confirm transformation.
The system described provides a powerful tool for synthetic biology to study signaling independent of developmental control and to obtain metabolites of interest for the biotechnological and medical sectors.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere3880
Number of pages12
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2021

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