MAIZE EVENT DP-004114-3 AND METHODS FOR DETECTION THEREOF
The invention provides DNA compositions that relate to transgenic insect resistant maize plants. Also provided are assays for detecting the presence of the maize DP-004114-3 event based on the DNA sequence of the recombinant construct inserted into the maize genome and the DNA sequences flanking the insertion site. Kits and conditions useful in conducting the assays are provided.
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This utility application claims the benefit U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/617,990 filed Mar. 30, 2012, which is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY
The official copy of the sequence listing is submitted electronically via EFS-Web as an ASCII formatted sequence listing with a file named “5251USCNT2_SequenceListing.txt” created on Mar. 8, 2013, and having a size of 51 kilobytes and is filed concurrently with the specification. The sequence listing contained in this ASCII formatted document is part of the specification and is herein incorporated by reference in its entirety.FIELD OF INVENTION
Embodiments of the present invention relate to the field of plant molecular biology, specifically embodiment of the invention relate to DNA constructs for conferring insect resistance to a plant. Embodiments of the invention more specifically relate to insect resistant corn plant event DP-004114-3 and to assays for detecting the presence of corn event DP-004114-3 in a sample and compositions thereof.BACKGROUND OF INVENTION
An embodiment of this invention relates to the insect resistant corn (Zea mays) plant DP-004114-3, also referred to as “maize line DP-004114-3,” “maize event DP-004114-3,” and “4114 maize,” and to the DNA plant expression construct of corn plant DP-004114-3 and the detection of the transgene/flanking insertion region in corn plant DP-004114-3 and progeny thereof.
Corn is an important crop and is a primary food source in many areas of the world. Damage caused by insect pests is a major factor in the loss of the world's corn crops, despite the use of protective measures such as chemical pesticides. In view of this, insect resistance has been genetically engineered into crops such as corn in order to control insect damage and to reduce the need for traditional chemical pesticides. One group of genes which have been utilized for the production of transgenic insect resistant crops is the delta-endotoxin group from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Delta-endotoxins have been successfully expressed in crop plants such as cotton, potatoes, rice, sunflower, as well as corn, and have proven to provide excellent control over insect pests. (Perlak, F. J et al. (1990) Bio/Technology 8:939-943; Perlak, F. J. et al. (1993) Plant Mol. Biol. 22:313-321; Fujimoto, H. et al. (1993) Bio/Technology 11:1151-1155; Tu et al. (2000) Nature Biotechnology 18:1101-1104; PCT publication WO 01/13731; and Bing, J. W. et al. (2000) Efficacy of Cry1F Transgenic Maize, 14th Biennial International Plant Resistance to Insects Workshop, Fort Collins, Colo.).
The expression of foreign genes in plants is known to be influenced by their location in the plant genome, perhaps due to chromatin structure (e.g., heterochromatin) or the proximity of transcriptional regulatory elements (e.g., enhancers) close to the integration site (Weising et al. (1988) Ann. Rev. Genet. 22:421-477). At the same time the presence of the transgene at different locations in the genome will influence the overall phenotype of the plant in different ways. For this reason, it is often necessary to screen a large number of events in order to identify an event characterized by optimal expression of an introduced gene of interest. For example, it has been observed in plants and in other organisms that there may be a wide variation in levels of expression of an introduced gene among events. There may also be differences in spatial or temporal patterns of expression, for example, differences in the relative expression of a transgene in various plant tissues, that may not correspond to the patterns expected from transcriptional regulatory elements present in the introduced gene construct. For this reason, it is common to produce hundreds to thousands of different events and screen those events for a single event that has desired transgene expression levels and patterns for commercial purposes. An event that has desired levels or patterns of transgene expression is useful for introgressing the transgene into other genetic backgrounds by sexual outcrossing using conventional breeding methods. Progeny of such crosses maintain the transgene expression characteristics of the original transformant. This strategy is used to ensure reliable gene expression in a number of varieties that are well adapted to local growing conditions.
It would be advantageous to be able to detect the presence of a particular event in order to determine whether progeny of a sexual cross contain a transgene of interest. In addition, a method for detecting a particular event would be helpful for complying with regulations requiring the pre-market approval and labeling of foods derived from recombinant crop plants, for example, or for use in environmental monitoring, monitoring traits in crops in the field, or monitoring products derived from a crop harvest, as well as for use in ensuring compliance of parties subject to regulatory or contractual terms.
It is possible to detect the presence of a transgene by any nucleic acid detection method known in the art including, but not limited to, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or DNA hybridization using nucleic acid probes. These detection methods generally focus on frequently used genetic elements, such as promoters, terminators, marker genes, etc., because for many DNA constructs, the coding region is interchangeable. As a result, such methods may not be useful for discriminating between different events, particularly those produced using the same DNA construct or very similar constructs unless the DNA sequence of the flanking DNA adjacent to the inserted heterologous DNA is known. For example, an event-specific PCR assay is described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,395,485 for the detection of elite event GAT-ZM1. Accordingly, it would be desirable to have a simple and discriminative method for the identification of event DP-004114-3.SUMMARY OF INVENTION
Embodiments of this invention relate to methods for producing and selecting an insect resistant monocot crop plant. More specifically, a DNA construct is provided that when expressed in plant cells and plants confers resistance to insects. According to one aspect of the invention, a DNA construct, capable of introduction into and replication in a host cell, is provided that when expressed in plant cells and plants confers insect resistance to the plant cells and plants. Maize event DP-004114-3 was produced by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation with plasmid PHP27118. This event contains the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat gene cassettes, which confer resistance to certain lepidopteran and coleopteran pests, as well as tolerance to phosphinothricin.
Specifically, the first cassette contains a truncated version of the cry1F gene from Bacillus thuringiensis var. aizawai. The insertion of the cry1F gene confers resistance to damage by lepidopteran pests. The Cry1F protein (SEQ ID NO: 1) is comprised of 605 amino acids and has a molecular weight of approximately 68 kDa. The expression of the cry1F gene is controlled by the maize polyubiquitin promoter (Christensen et al. (1992) Plant Mol. Biol. 118(4):675-89), providing constitutive expression of the Cry1F protein in maize. This region also includes the 5′ untranslated region (UTR) and intron associated with the native polyubiquitin promoter. The terminator for the cry1F gene is the poly(A) addition signal from Open Reading Frame 25 (ORF 25) of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens Ti plasmid pTi15955 (Barker et al. (1983) Plant Mol. Biol. 2:335-350).
The second cassette contains the cry34Ab1 gene isolated from Bacillus thuringiensis strain PS149B1 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,127,180; 6,624,145 and 6,340,593). The Cry34Ab1 protein (SEQ ID NO: 2) is 123 amino acid residues in length and has a molecular weight of approximately 14 kDa. The expression of the cry34Ab1 gene is controlled by a second copy of the maize polyubiquitin promoter with 5′ UTR and intron (Christensen et al., 1992, supra). The terminator for the cry34Ab1 gene is the pinII terminator (Keil et al. (1986) Nucleic Acids Res. 14:5641-5650; An et al. (1989) Plant Cell 1:115-22).
The third gene cassette contains the cry35Ab1 gene, also isolated from Bacillus thuringiensis strain PS149B1 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,083,499; 6,548,291 and 6,340,593). The Cry35Ab1 protein (SEQ ID NO: 3) has a length of 383 amino acids and a molecular weight of approximately 44 kDa. Simultaneous expression of the Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins in the plant confers resistance to coleopteran insects. The expression of the cry35Ab1 gene is controlled by the Triticum aestivum (wheat) peroxidase promoter and leader sequence (Hertig et al. (1991) Plant Mol. Biol. 16:171-174). The terminator for the cry35Ab1 gene is a second copy of the pinII terminator (Keil et al., 1986, supra; An et al., 1989, supra).
The fourth and final gene cassette contains a version of the phosphinothricin acetyl transferase gene from Streptomyces viridochromogenes (pat) that has been optimized for expression in maize. The pat gene expresses the phosphinothricin acetyl transferase enzyme (PAT) that confers tolerance to phosphinothricin. The PAT protein (SEQ ID NO: 4) is 183 amino acids residues in length and has a molecular weight of approximately 21 kDa. Expression of the pat gene is controlled by the promoter and terminator regions from the CaMV 35S transcript (Franck et al. (1980) Cell 21:285-294; Odell et al. (1985) Nature 313:810-812; Pietrzak, et al. (1986) Nucleic Acids Res. 14(14):5857-5868). Plants containing the DNA constructs are also provided.
According to another embodiment of the invention, compositions and methods are provided for identifying a novel corn plant designated DP-004114-3. The methods are based on primers or probes which specifically recognize the 5′ and/or 3′ flanking sequence of DP-004114-3. DNA molecules are provided that comprise primer sequences that when utilized in a PCR reaction will produce amplicons unique to the transgenic event DP-004114-3. The corn plant and seed comprising these molecules is an embodiment of this invention. Further, kits utilizing these primer sequences for the identification of the DP-004114-3 event are provided.
An additional embodiment of the invention relates to the specific flanking sequence of DP-004114-3 described herein, which can be used to develop specific identification methods for DP-004114-3 in biological samples. More particularly, the invention relates to the 5′ and/or 3′ flanking regions of DP-004114-3 which can be used for the development of specific primers and probes. A further embodiment of the invention relates to identification methods for the presence of DP-004114-3 in biological samples based on the use of such specific primers or probes.
According to another embodiment of the invention, methods of detecting the presence of DNA corresponding to the corn event DP-004114-3 in a sample are provided. Such methods comprise: (a) contacting the sample comprising DNA with a DNA primer set, that when used in a nucleic acid amplification reaction with genomic DNA extracted from corn event DP-004114-3 produces an amplicon that is diagnostic for corn event DP-004114-3; (b) performing a nucleic acid amplification reaction, thereby producing the amplicon; and (c) detecting the amplicon.
According to another embodiment of the invention, methods of detecting the presence of a DNA molecule corresponding to the DP-004114-3 event in a sample, such methods comprising: (a) contacting the sample comprising DNA extracted from a corn plant with a DNA probe molecule that hybridizes under stringent hybridization conditions with DNA extracted from corn event DP-004114-3 and does not hybridize under the stringent hybridization conditions with a control corn plant DNA; (b) subjecting the sample and probe to stringent hybridization conditions; and (c) detecting hybridization of the probe to the DNA. More specifically, a method for detecting the presence of a DNA molecule corresponding to the DP-004114-3 event in a sample, such methods, consisting of (a) contacting the sample comprising DNA extracted from a corn plant with a DNA probe molecule that consists of sequences that are unique to the event, e.g. junction sequences, wherein said DNA probe molecule hybridizes under stringent hybridization conditions with DNA extracted from corn event DP-004114-3 and does not hybridize under the stringent hybridization conditions with a control corn plant DNA; (b) subjecting the sample and probe to stringent hybridization conditions; and (c) detecting hybridization of the probe to the DNA.
In addition, a kit and methods for identifying event DP-004114-3 in a biological sample which detects a DP-004114-3 specific region are provided.
DNA molecules are provided that comprise at least one junction sequence of DP-004114-3; wherein a junction sequence spans the junction between heterologous DNA inserted into the genome and the DNA from the corn cell flanking the insertion site, i.e. flanking DNA, and is diagnostic for the DP-004114-3 event.
According to another embodiment of the invention, methods of producing an insect resistant corn plant that comprise the steps of: (a) sexually crossing a first parental corn line comprising the expression cassettes of the invention, which confers resistance to insects, and a second parental corn line that lacks insect resistance, thereby producing a plurality of progeny plants; and (b) selecting a progeny plant that is insect resistant. Such methods may optionally comprise the further step of back-crossing the progeny plant to the second parental corn line to producing a true-breeding corn plant that is insect resistant.
A further embodiment of the invention provides a method of producing a corn plant that is resistant to insects comprising transforming a corn cell with the DNA construct PHP27118, growing the transformed corn cell into a corn plant, selecting the corn plant that shows resistance to insects, and further growing the corn plant into a fertile corn plant. The fertile corn plant can be self pollinated or crossed with compatible corn varieties to produce insect resistant progeny.
Another embodiment of the invention further relates to a DNA detection kit for identifying maize event DP-004114-3 in biological samples. The kit comprises a first primer which specifically recognizes the 5′ or 3′ flanking region of DP-004114-3, and a second primer which specifically recognizes a sequence within the foreign DNA of DP-004114-3, or within the flanking DNA, for use in a PCR identification protocol. A further embodiment of the invention relates to a kit for identifying event DP-004114-3 in biological samples, which kit comprises a specific probe having a sequence which corresponds or is complementary to, a sequence having between 80% and 100% sequence identity with a specific region of event DP-004114-3. The sequence of the probe corresponds to a specific region comprising part of the 5′ or 3′ flanking region of event DP-004114-3.
The methods and kits encompassed by the embodiments of the present invention can be used for different purposes such as, but not limited to the following: to identify event DP-004114-3 in plants, plant material or in products such as, but not limited to, food or feed products (fresh or processed) comprising, or derived from plant material; additionally or alternatively, the methods and kits can be used to identify transgenic plant material for purposes of segregation between transgenic and non-transgenic material; additionally or alternatively, the methods and kits can be used to determine the quality of plant material comprising maize event DP-004114-3. The kits may also contain the reagents and materials necessary for the performance of the detection method.
A further embodiment of this invention relates to the DP-004114-3 corn plant or its parts, including, but not limited to, pollen, ovules, vegetative cells, the nuclei of pollen cells, and the nuclei of egg cells of the corn plant DP-004114-3 and the progeny derived thereof. The corn plant and seed of DP-004114-3 from which the DNA primer molecules provide a specific amplicon product is an embodiment of the invention.
The foregoing and other aspects of the invention will become more apparent from the following detailed description and accompanying drawing.
The following definitions and methods are provided to better define the present invention and to guide those of ordinary skill in the art in the practice of the present invention. Unless otherwise noted, terms are to be understood according to conventional usage by those of ordinary skill in the relevant art. Definitions of common terms in molecular biology may also be found in Rieger et al., Glossary of Genetics: Classical and Molecular, 5th edition, Springer-Verlag; New York, 1991; and Lewin, Genes V, Oxford University Press: New York, 1994. The nomenclature for DNA bases as set forth at 37CFR § 1.822 is used.
The following table sets forth abbreviations used throughout this document, and in particular in the Examples section.
Compositions of this disclosure include seed deposited as Patent Deposit No. PTA-11506 and plants, plant cells, and seed derived therefrom. Applicant(s) have made a deposit of at least 2500 seeds of maize event DP-004114-3 with the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Manassas, Va. 20110-2209 USA, on Nov. 24, 2010 and the deposits were assigned ATCC Deposit No. PTA-11506. These deposits will be maintained under the terms of the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. These deposits were made merely as a convenience for those of skill in the art and are not an admission that a deposit is required under 35 U.S.C. § 112. The seeds deposited with the ATCC on Nov. 24, 2010 were taken from the deposit maintained by Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., 7250 NW 62nd Avenue, Johnston, Iowa 50131-1000. Access to this deposit will be available during the pendency of the application to the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and persons determined by the Commissioner to be entitled thereto upon request. Upon allowance of any claims in the application, the Applicant(s) will make available to the public, pursuant to 37 C.F.R. § 1.808, sample(s) of the deposit of at least 2500 seeds of hybrid maize with the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), 10801 University Boulevard, Manassas, Va. 20110-2209. This deposit of seed of maize event DP-004114-3 will be maintained in the ATCC depository, which is a public depository, for a period of 30 years, or 5 years after the most recent request, or for the enforceable life of the patent, whichever is longer, and will be replaced if it becomes nonviable during that period. Additionally, Applicant(s) have satisfied all the requirements of 37 C.F.R. §§ 1.801-1.809, including providing an indication of the viability of the sample upon deposit. Applicant(s) have no authority to waive any restrictions imposed by law on the transfer of biological material or its transportation in commerce. Applicant(s) do not waive any infringement of their rights granted under this patent or rights applicable to event DP-004114-3 under the Plant Variety Protection Act (7 USC 2321 et seq.). Unauthorized seed multiplication prohibited. The seed may be regulated.
As used herein, the term “comprising” means “including but not limited to.”
As used herein, the term “corn” means Zea mays or maize and includes all plant varieties that can be bred with corn, including wild maize species.
As used herein, the term “DP-004114-3 specific” refers to a nucleotide sequence which is suitable for discriminatively identifying event DP-004114-3 in plants, plant material, or in products such as, but not limited to, food or feed products (fresh or processed) comprising, or derived from plant material.
As used herein, the terms “insect resistant” and “impacting insect pests” refers to effecting changes in insect feeding, growth, and/or behavior at any stage of development, including but not limited to: killing the insect; retarding growth; preventing reproductive capability; inhibiting feeding; and the like.
As used herein, the terms “pesticidal activity” and “insecticidal activity” are used synonymously to refer to activity of an organism or a substance (such as, for example, a protein) that can be measured by numerous parameters including, but not limited to, pest mortality, pest weight loss, pest attraction, pest repellency, and other behavioral and physical changes of a pest after feeding on and/or exposure to the organism or substance for an appropriate length of time. For example “pesticidal proteins” are proteins that display pesticidal activity by themselves or in combination with other proteins.
“Coding sequence” refers to a nucleotide sequence that codes for a specific amino acid sequence. As used herein, the terms “encoding” or “encoded” when used in the context of a specified nucleic acid mean that the nucleic acid comprises the requisite information to guide translation of the nucleotide sequence into a specified protein. The information by which a protein is encoded is specified by the use of codons. A nucleic acid encoding a protein may comprise non-translated sequences (e.g., introns) within translated regions of the nucleic acid or may lack such intervening non-translated sequences (e.g., as in cDNA).
“Gene” refers to a nucleic acid fragment that expresses a specific protein, including regulatory sequences preceding (5′ non-coding sequences) and following (3′ non-coding sequences) the coding sequence. “Native gene” refers to a gene as found in nature with its own regulatory sequences. “Chimeric gene” refers any gene that is not a native gene, comprising regulatory and coding sequences that are not found together in nature. Accordingly, a chimeric gene may comprise regulatory sequences and coding sequences that are derived from different sources, or regulatory sequences and coding sequences derived from the same source, but arranged in a manner different than that found in nature. “Endogenous gene” refers to a native gene in its natural location in the genome of an organism. “Foreign” refers to material not normally found in the location of interest. Thus “foreign DNA” may comprise both recombinant DNA as well as newly introduced, rearranged DNA of the plant. A “foreign” gene refers to a gene not normally found in the host organism, but that is introduced into the host organism by gene transfer. Foreign genes can comprise native genes inserted into a non-native organism, or chimeric genes. A “transgene” is a gene that has been introduced into the genome by a transformation procedure. The site in the plant genome where a recombinant DNA has been inserted may be referred to as the “insertion site” or “target site”.
As used herein, “insert DNA” refers to the heterologous DNA within the expression cassettes used to transform the plant material while “flanking DNA” can exist of either genomic DNA naturally present in an organism such as a plant, or foreign (heterologous) DNA introduced via the transformation process which is extraneous to the original insert DNA molecule, e.g. fragments associated with the transformation event. A “flanking region” or “flanking sequence” as used herein refers to a sequence of at least 20 bp, preferably at least 50 bp, and up to 5000 bp, which is located either immediately upstream of and contiguous with or immediately downstream of and contiguous with the original foreign insert DNA molecule. Transformation procedures leading to random integration of the foreign DNA will result in transformants containing different flanking regions characteristic and unique for each transformant. When recombinant DNA is introduced into a plant through traditional crossing, its flanking regions will generally not be changed. Transformants will also contain unique junctions between a piece of heterologous insert DNA and genomic DNA, or two (2) pieces of genomic DNA, or two (2) pieces of heterologous DNA. A “junction” is a point where two (2) specific DNA fragments join. For example, a junction exists where insert DNA joins flanking DNA. A junction point also exists in a transformed organism where two (2) DNA fragments join together in a manner that is modified from that found in the native organism. “Junction DNA” refers to DNA that comprises a junction point. Two junction sequences set forth in this disclosure are the junction point between the maize genomic DNA and the 5′ end of the insert as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 27, and the junction point between the 3′ end of the insert and maize genomic DNA as set forth in SEQ ID NO: 28.
As used herein, “heterologous” in reference to a nucleic acid is a nucleic acid that originates from a foreign species, or, if from the same species, is substantially modified from its native form in composition and/or genomic locus by deliberate human intervention. For example, a promoter operably linked to a heterologous nucleotide sequence can be from a species different from that from which the nucleotide sequence was derived, or, if from the same species, the promoter is not naturally found operably linked to the nucleotide sequence. A heterologous protein may originate from a foreign species, or, if from the same species, is substantially modified from its original form by deliberate human intervention.
“Regulatory sequences” refer to nucleotide sequences located upstream (5′ non-coding sequences), within, or downstream (3′ non-coding sequences) of a coding sequence, and which influence the transcription, RNA processing or stability, or translation of the associated coding sequence. Regulatory sequences may include promoters, translation leader sequences, introns, and polyadenylation recognition sequences.
“Promoter” refers to a nucleotide sequence capable of controlling the expression of a coding sequence or functional RNA. In general, a coding sequence is located 3′ to a promoter sequence. The promoter sequence consists of proximal and more distal upstream elements, the latter elements are often referred to as enhancers. Accordingly, an “enhancer” is a nucleotide sequence that can stimulate promoter activity and may be an innate element of the promoter or a heterologous element inserted to enhance the level or tissue-specificity of a promoter. Promoters may be derived in their entirety from a native gene, or be composed of different elements derived from different promoters found in nature, or even comprise synthetic nucleotide segments. It is understood by those skilled in the art that different promoters may direct the expression of a gene in different tissues or cell types, or at different stages of development, or in response to different environmental conditions. Promoters that cause a nucleic acid fragment to be expressed in most cell types at most times are commonly referred to as “constitutive promoters”. New promoters of various types useful in plant cells are constantly being discovered; numerous examples may be found in the compilation by Okamuro and Goldberg (1989) Biochemistry of Plants 15:1-82. It is further recognized that since in most cases the exact boundaries of regulatory sequences have not been completely defined, nucleic acid fragments of different lengths may have identical promoter activity.
The “translation leader sequence” refers to a nucleotide sequence located between the promoter sequence of a gene and the coding sequence. The translation leader sequence is present in the fully processed mRNA upstream of the translation start sequence. The translation leader sequence may affect numerous parameters including, processing of the primary transcript to mRNA, mRNA stability and/or translation efficiency. Examples of translation leader sequences have been described (Turner and Foster (1995) Mol. Biotechnol. 3:225-236).
The “3′ non-coding sequences” refer to nucleotide sequences located downstream of a coding sequence and include polyadenylation recognition sequences and other sequences encoding regulatory signals capable of affecting mRNA processing or gene expression. The polyadenylation signal is usually characterized by affecting the addition of polyadenylic acid tracts to the 3′ end of the mRNA precursor. The use of different 3′ non-coding sequences is exemplified by Ingelbrecht et al. (1989) Plant Cell 1:671-680.
A “protein” or “polypeptide” is a chain of amino acids arranged in a specific order determined by the coding sequence in a polynucleotide encoding the polypeptide.
A DNA construct is an assembly of DNA molecules linked together that provide one or more expression cassettes. The DNA construct may be a plasmid that is enabled for self replication in a bacterial cell and contains various endonuclease enzyme restriction sites that are useful for introducing DNA molecules that provide functional genetic elements, i.e., promoters, introns, leaders, coding sequences, 3′ termination regions, among others; or a DNA construct may be a linear assembly of DNA molecules, such as an expression cassette. The expression cassette contained within a DNA construct comprises the necessary genetic elements to provide transcription of a messenger RNA. The expression cassette can be designed to express in prokaryote cells or eukaryotic cells. Expression cassettes of the embodiments of the present invention are designed to express in plant cells.
The DNA molecules of embodiments of the invention are provided in expression cassettes for expression in an organism of interest. The cassette will include 5′ and 3′ regulatory sequences operably linked to a coding sequence. “Operably linked” means that the nucleic acid sequences being linked are contiguous and, where necessary to join two protein coding regions, contiguous and in the same reading frame. Operably linked is intended to indicate a functional linkage between a promoter and a second sequence, wherein the promoter sequence initiates and mediates transcription of the DNA sequence corresponding to the second sequence. The cassette may additionally contain at least one additional gene to be co-transformed into the organism. Alternatively, the additional gene(s) can be provided on multiple expression cassettes or multiple DNA constructs.
The expression cassette will include in the 5′ to 3′ direction of transcription: a transcriptional and translational initiation region, a coding region, and a transcriptional and translational termination region functional in the organism serving as a host. The transcriptional initiation region (i.e., the promoter) may be native or analogous, or foreign or heterologous to the host organism. Additionally, the promoter may be the natural sequence or alternatively a synthetic sequence. The expression cassettes may additionally contain 5′ leader sequences in the expression cassette construct. Such leader sequences can act to enhance translation.
It is to be understood that as used herein the term “transgenic” includes any cell, cell line, callus, tissue, plant part, or plant, the genotype of which has been altered by the presence of a heterologous nucleic acid including those transgenics initially so altered as well as those created by sexual crosses or asexual propagation from the initial transgenic. The term “transgenic” as used herein does not encompass the alteration of the genome (chromosomal or extra-chromosomal) by conventional plant breeding methods or by naturally occurring events such as random cross-fertilization, non-recombinant viral infection, non-recombinant bacterial transformation, non-recombinant transposition, or spontaneous mutation.
A transgenic “event” is produced by transformation of plant cells with a heterologous DNA construct(s), including a nucleic acid expression cassette that comprises a transgene of interest, the regeneration of a population of plants resulting from the insertion of the transgene into the genome of the plant, and selection of a particular plant characterized by insertion into a particular genome location. An event is characterized phenotypically by the expression of the transgene. At the genetic level, an event is part of the genetic makeup of a plant. The term “event” also refers to progeny produced by a sexual outcross between the transformant and another variety that include the heterologous DNA. Even after repeated back-crossing to a recurrent parent, the inserted DNA and flanking DNA from the transformed parent is present in the progeny of the cross at the same chromosomal location. The term “event” also refers to DNA from the original transformant comprising the inserted DNA and flanking sequence immediately adjacent to the inserted DNA that would be expected to be transferred to a progeny that receives inserted DNA including the transgene of interest as the result of a sexual cross of one parental line that includes the inserted DNA (e.g., the original transformant and progeny resulting from selfing) and a parental line that does not contain the inserted DNA.
An insect resistant DP-004114-3 corn plant can be bred by first sexually crossing a first parental corn plant consisting of a corn plant grown from the transgenic DP-004114-3 corn plant and progeny thereof derived from transformation with the expression cassettes of the embodiments of the present invention that confers insect resistance, and a second parental corn plant that lacks insect resistance, thereby producing a plurality of first progeny plants; and then selecting a first progeny plant that is resistant to insects; and selfing the first progeny plant, thereby producing a plurality of second progeny plants; and then selecting from the second progeny plants an insect resistant plant. These steps can further include the back-crossing of the first insect resistant progeny plant or the second insect resistant progeny plant to the second parental corn plant or a third parental corn plant, thereby producing a corn plant that is resistant to insects.
As used herein, the term “plant” includes reference to whole plants, plant organs (e.g., leaves, stems, roots, etc.), seeds, plant cells, and progeny of same. Parts of transgenic plants understood to be within the scope of the invention comprise, for example, plant cells, protoplasts, tissues, callus, embryos as well as flowers, stems, fruits, leaves, and roots originating in transgenic plants or their progeny previously transformed with a DNA molecule of the invention and therefore consisting at least in part of transgenic cells, are also an embodiment of the present invention.
As used herein, the term “plant cell” includes, without limitation, seeds, suspension cultures, embryos, meristematic regions, callus tissue, leaves, roots, shoots, gametophytes, sporophytes, pollen, and microspores. The class of plants that can be used in the methods of the invention is generally as broad as the class of higher plants amenable to transformation techniques, including both monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants.
“Transformation” refers to the transfer of a nucleic acid fragment into the genome of a host organism, resulting in genetically stable inheritance. Host organisms containing the transformed nucleic acid fragments are referred to as “transgenic” organisms. Examples of methods of plant transformation include Agrobacterium-mediated transformation (De Blaere et al. (1987) Meth. Enzymol. 143:277) and particle-accelerated or “gene gun” transformation technology (Klein et al. (1987) Nature (London) 327:70-73; U.S. Pat. No. 4,945,050, incorporated herein by reference). Additional transformation methods are disclosed below.
Thus, isolated polynucleotides of the invention can be incorporated into recombinant constructs, typically DNA constructs, which are capable of introduction into and replication in a host cell. Such a construct can be a vector that includes a replication system and sequences that are capable of transcription and translation of a polypeptide-encoding sequence in a given host cell. A number of vectors suitable for stable transfection of plant cells or for the establishment of transgenic plants have been described in, e.g., Pouwels et al., (1985; Supp. 1987) Cloning Vectors: A Laboratory Manual, Weissbach and Weissbach (1989) Methods for Plant Molecular Biology, (Academic Press, New York); and Flevin et al., (1990) Plant Molecular Biology Manual, (Kluwer Academic Publishers). Typically, plant expression vectors include, for example, one or more cloned plant genes under the transcriptional control of 5′ and 3′ regulatory sequences and a dominant selectable marker. Such plant expression vectors also can contain a promoter regulatory region (e.g., a regulatory region controlling inducible or constitutive, environmentally- or developmentally-regulated, or cell- or tissue-specific expression), a transcription initiation start site, a ribosome binding site, an RNA processing signal, a transcription termination site, and/or a polyadenylation signal.
It is also to be understood that two different transgenic plants can also be mated to produce offspring that contain two independently segregating added, exogenous genes. Selfing of appropriate progeny can produce plants that are homozygous for both added, exogenous genes. Back-crossing to a parental plant and out-crossing with a non-transgenic plant are also contemplated, as is vegetative propagation. Descriptions of other breeding methods that are commonly used for different traits and crops can be found in one of several references, e.g., Fehr, in Breeding Methods for Cultivar Development, Wilcos J. ed., American Society of Agronomy, Madison Ws. (1987).
A “probe” is an isolated nucleic acid to which is attached a conventional detectable label or reporter molecule, e.g., a radioactive isotope, ligand, chemiluminescent agent, or enzyme. Such a probe is complementary to a strand of a target nucleic acid, in the case of the present invention, to a strand of isolated DNA from corn event DP-004114-3 whether from a corn plant or from a sample that includes DNA from the event. Probes according to the present invention include not only deoxyribonucleic or ribonucleic acids but also polyamides and other probe materials that bind specifically to a target DNA sequence and can be used to detect the presence of that target DNA sequence.
“Primers” are isolated nucleic acids that are annealed to a complementary target DNA strand by nucleic acid hybridization to form a hybrid between the primer and the target DNA strand, then extended along the target DNA strand by a polymerase, e.g., a DNA polymerase. Primer pairs of the invention refer to their use for amplification of a target nucleic acid sequence, e.g., by PCR or other conventional nucleic-acid amplification methods. “PCR” or “polymerase chain reaction” is a technique used for the amplification of specific DNA segments (see, U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,683,195 and 4,800,159; herein incorporated by reference).
Probes and primers are of sufficient nucleotide length to bind to the target DNA sequence specifically in the hybridization conditions or reaction conditions determined by the operator. This length may be of any length that is of sufficient length to be useful in a detection method of choice. Generally, 11 nucleotides or more in length, 18 nucleotides or more, and 22 nucleotides or more, are used. Such probes and primers hybridize specifically to a target sequence under high stringency hybridization conditions. Probes and primers according to embodiments of the present invention may have complete DNA sequence similarity of contiguous nucleotides with the target sequence, although probes differing from the target DNA sequence and that retain the ability to hybridize to target DNA sequences may be designed by conventional methods. Probes can be used as primers, but are generally designed to bind to the target DNA or RNA and are not used in an amplification process.
Specific primers can be used to amplify an integration fragment to produce an amplicon that can be used as a “specific probe” for identifying event DP-004114-3 in biological samples. When the probe is hybridized with the nucleic acids of a biological sample under conditions which allow for the binding of the probe to the sample, this binding can be detected and thus allow for an indication of the presence of event DP-004114-3 in the biological sample. Such identification of a bound probe has been described in the art. In an embodiment of the invention the specific probe is a sequence which, under optimized conditions, hybridizes specifically to a region within the 5′ or 3′ flanking region of the event and also comprises a part of the foreign DNA contiguous therewith. The specific probe may comprise a sequence of at least 80%, between 80 and 85%, between 85 and 90%, between 90 and 95%, and between 95 and 100% identical (or complementary) to a specific region of the event.
Methods for preparing and using probes and primers are described, for example, in Sambrook et al., Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, 2nd ed., vol. 1-3, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. 1989 (hereinafter, “Sambrook et al., 1989”); Ausubel et al. eds., Current Protocols in Molecular Biology, Greene Publishing and Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1995 (with periodic updates) (hereinafter, “Ausubel et al., 1995”); and Innis et al., PCR Protocols: A Guide to Methods and Applications, Academic Press: San Diego, 1990. PCR primer pairs can be derived from a known sequence, for example, by using computer programs intended for that purpose such as the PCR primer analysis tool in Vector NTI version 6 (Informax Inc., Bethesda Md.); PrimerSelect (DNASTAR Inc., Madison, Wis.); and Primer (Version 0.5©, 1991, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Mass.). Additionally, the sequence can be visually scanned and primers manually identified using guidelines known to one of skill in the art.
A “kit” as used herein refers to a set of reagents for the purpose of performing the method embodiments of the invention, more particularly, the identification of event DP-004114-3 in biological samples. The kit of the invention can be used, and its components can be specifically adjusted, for purposes of quality control (e.g. purity of seed lots), detection of event DP-004114-3 in plant material, or material comprising or derived from plant material, such as but not limited to food or feed products. “Plant material” as used herein refers to material which is obtained or derived from a plant.
Primers and probes based on the flanking DNA and insert sequences disclosed herein can be used to confirm (and, if necessary, to correct) the disclosed sequences by conventional methods, e.g., by re-cloning and sequencing such sequences. The nucleic acid probes and primers of the present invention hybridize under stringent conditions to a target DNA sequence. Any conventional nucleic acid hybridization or amplification method can be used to identify the presence of DNA from a transgenic event in a sample. Nucleic acid molecules or fragments thereof are capable of specifically hybridizing to other nucleic acid molecules under certain circumstances. As used herein, two nucleic acid molecules are said to be capable of specifically hybridizing to one another if the two molecules are capable of forming an anti-parallel, double-stranded nucleic acid structure.
A nucleic acid molecule is said to be the “complement” of another nucleic acid molecule if they exhibit complete complementarity. As used herein, molecules are said to exhibit “complete complementarity” when every nucleotide of one of the molecules is complementary to a nucleotide of the other. Two molecules are said to be “minimally complementary” if they can hybridize to one another with sufficient stability to permit them to remain annealed to one another under at least conventional “low-stringency” conditions. Similarly, the molecules are said to be “complementary” if they can hybridize to one another with sufficient stability to permit them to remain annealed to one another under conventional “high-stringency” conditions. Conventional stringency conditions are described by Sambrook et al., 1989, and by Haymes et al., In: Nucleic Acid Hybridization, a Practical Approach, IRL Press, Washington, D.C. (1985), departures from complete complementarity are therefore permissible, as long as such departures do not completely preclude the capacity of the molecules to form a double-stranded structure. In order for a nucleic acid molecule to serve as a primer or probe it need only be sufficiently complementary in sequence to be able to form a stable double-stranded structure under the particular solvent and salt concentrations employed.
In hybridization reactions, specificity is typically the function of post-hybridization washes, the critical factors being the ionic strength and temperature of the final wash solution. The thermal melting point (Tm) is the temperature (under defined ionic strength and pH) at which 50% of a complementary target sequence hybridizes to a perfectly matched probe. For DNA-DNA hybrids, the Tm can be approximated from the equation of Meinkoth and Wahl (1984) Anal. Biochem. 138:267-284: Tm=81.5° C.+16.6 (log M)+0.41 (% GC)−0.61 (% form)−500/L; where M is the molarity of monovalent cations, % GC is the percentage of guanosine and cytosine nucleotides in the DNA, % form is the percentage of formamide in the hybridization solution, and L is the length of the hybrid in base pairs. Tm is reduced by about 1° C. for each 1% of mismatching; thus, Tm, hybridization, and/or wash conditions can be adjusted to hybridize to sequences of the desired identity. For example, if sequences with >90% identity are sought, the Tm can be decreased 10° C. Generally, stringent conditions are selected to be about 5° C. lower than the Tm for the specific sequence and its complement at a defined ionic strength and pH. However, severely stringent conditions can utilize a hybridization and/or wash at 1, 2, 3, or 4° C. lower than the Tm; moderately stringent conditions can utilize a hybridization and/or wash at 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10° C. lower than the Tm; low stringency conditions can utilize a hybridization and/or wash at 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, or 20° C. lower than the Tm.
Using the equation, hybridization and wash compositions, and desired Tm, those of ordinary skill will understand that variations in the stringency of hybridization and/or wash solutions are inherently described. If the desired degree of mismatching results in a Tm of less than 45° C. (aqueous solution) or 32° C. (formamide solution), it is preferred to increase the SSC concentration so that a higher temperature can be used. An extensive guide to the hybridization of nucleic acids is found in Tijssen (1993) Laboratory Techniques in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-Hybridization with Nucleic Acid Probes, Part I, Chapter 2 (Elsevier, New York); and Ausubel et al., eds. (1995) and Sambrook et al. (1989).
As used herein, a substantially homologous sequence is a nucleic acid molecule that will specifically hybridize to the complement of the nucleic acid molecule to which it is being compared under high stringency conditions. Appropriate stringency conditions which promote DNA hybridization, for example, 6× sodium chloride/sodium citrate (SSC) at about 45° C., followed by a wash of 2×SSC at 50° C., are known to those skilled in the art or can be found in Ausubel et al. (1995), 6.3.1-6.3.6. Typically, stringent conditions will be those in which the salt concentration is less than about 1.5 M Na ion, typically about 0.01 to 1.0 M Na ion concentration (or other salts) at pH 7.0 to 8.3 and the temperature is at least about 30° C. for short probes (e.g., 10 to 50 nucleotides) and at least about 60° C. for long probes (e.g., greater than 50 nucleotides). Stringent conditions may also be achieved with the addition of a destabilizing agent such as formamide. Exemplary low stringency conditions include hybridization with a buffer solution of 30 to 35% formamide, 1 M NaCl, 1% SDS (sodium dodecyl sulphate) at 37° C., and a wash in 1× to 2×SSC (20×SSC=3.0 M NaCl/0.3 M trisodium citrate) at 50 to 55° C. Exemplary moderate stringency conditions include hybridization in 40 to 45% formamide, 1 M NaCl, 1% SDS at 37° C., and a wash in 0.5× to 1×SSC at 55 to 60° C. Exemplary high stringency conditions include hybridization in 50% formamide, 1 M NaCl, 1% SDS at 37° C., and a wash in 0.1×SSC at 60 to 65° C. A nucleic acid of the invention may specifically hybridize to one or more of the nucleic acid molecules unique to the DP-004114-3 event or complements thereof or fragments of either under moderately stringent conditions.
Methods of alignment of sequences for comparison are well known in the art. Thus, the determination of percent identity between any two sequences can be accomplished using a mathematical algorithm. Non-limiting examples of such mathematical algorithms are the algorithm of Myers and Miller (1988) CABIOS 4:11-17; the local homology algorithm of Smith et al. (1981) Adv. Appl. Math. 2:482; the homology alignment algorithm of Needleman and Wunsch (1970) J. Mol. Biol. 48:443-453; the search-for-similarity-method of Pearson and Lipman (1988) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 85:2444-2448; the algorithm of Karlin and Altschul (1990) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 87:2264, modified as in Karlin and Altschul (1993) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 90:5873-5877.
Computer implementations of these mathematical algorithms can be utilized for comparison of sequences to determine sequence identity. Such implementations include, but are not limited to: CLUSTAL in the PC/Gene program (available from Intelligenetics, Mountain View, Calif.); the ALIGN program (Version 2.0); the ALIGN PLUS program (version 3.0, copyright 1997); and GAP, BESTFIT, BLAST, FASTA, and TFASTA in the Wisconsin Genetics Software Package, Version 10 (available from Accelrys, 9685 Scranton Road, San Diego, Calif. 92121, USA). Alignments using these programs can be performed using the default parameters.
The CLUSTAL program is well described by Higgins and Sharp, Gene 73: 237-244 (1988); Higgins and Sharp, CABIOS 5: 151-153 (1989); Corpet, et al., Nucleic Acids Research 16: 10881-90 (1988); Huang, et al., Computer Applications in the Biosciences 8: 155-65 (1992), and Pearson, et al., Methods in Molecular Biology 24: 307-331 (1994). The ALIGN and the ALIGN PLUS programs are based on the algorithm of Myers and Miller (1988) supra. The BLAST programs of Altschul et al. (1990) J. Mol. Biol. 215:403 are based on the algorithm of Karlin and Altschul (1990) supra. The BLAST family of programs which can be used for database similarity searches includes: BLASTN for nucleotide query sequences against nucleotide database sequences; BLASTX for nucleotide query sequences against protein database sequences; BLASTP for protein query sequences against protein database sequences; TBLASTN for protein query sequences against nucleotide database sequences; and TBLASTX for nucleotide query sequences against nucleotide database sequences. See, Ausubel, et al., (1995). Alignment may also be performed manually by visual inspection.
To obtain gapped alignments for comparison purposes, Gapped BLAST (in BLAST 2.0) can be utilized as described in Altschul et al. (1997) Nucleic Acids Res. 25:3389. Alternatively, PSI-BLAST (in BLAST 2.0) can be used to perform an iterated search that detects distant relationships between molecules. See Altschul et al. (1997) supra. When utilizing BLAST, Gapped BLAST, PSI-BLAST, the default parameters of the respective programs (e.g., BLASTN for nucleotide sequences, BLASTX for proteins) can be used.
As used herein, “sequence identity” or “identity” in the context of two nucleic acid or polypeptide sequences makes reference to the residues in the two sequences that are the same when aligned for maximum correspondence over a specified comparison window. When percentage of sequence identity is used in reference to proteins it is recognized that residue positions which are not identical often differ by conservative amino acid substitutions, where amino acid residues are substituted for other amino acid residues with similar chemical properties (e.g., charge or hydrophobicity) and therefore do not change the functional properties of the molecule. When sequences differ in conservative substitutions, the percent sequence identity may be adjusted upwards to correct for the conservative nature of the substitution. Sequences that differ by such conservative substitutions are said to have “sequence similarity” or “similarity.” Means for making this adjustment are well known to those of skill in the art. Typically this involves scoring a conservative substitution as a partial rather than a full mismatch, thereby increasing the percentage sequence identity. Thus, for example, where an identical amino acid is given a score of 1 and a non-conservative substitution is given a score of zero, a conservative substitution is given a score between zero and 1. The scoring of conservative substitutions is calculated, e.g., as implemented in the program PC/GENE (Intelligenetics, Mountain View, Calif.).
As used herein, “percentage of sequence identity” means the value determined by comparing two optimally aligned sequences over a comparison window, wherein the portion of the polynucleotide sequence in the comparison window may comprise additions or deletions (i.e., gaps) as compared to the reference sequence (which does not comprise additions or deletions) for optimal alignment of the two sequences. The percentage is calculated by determining the number of positions at which the identical nucleic acid base or amino acid residue occurs in both sequences to yield the number of matched positions, dividing the number of matched positions by the total number of positions in the window of comparison, and multiplying the result by 100 to yield the percentage of sequence identity.
Regarding the amplification of a target nucleic acid sequence (e.g., by PCR) using a particular amplification primer pair, “stringent conditions” are conditions that permit the primer pair to hybridize only to the target nucleic-acid sequence to which a primer having the corresponding wild-type sequence (or its complement) would bind and preferably to produce a unique amplification product, the amplicon, in a DNA thermal amplification reaction.
The term “specific for (a target sequence)” indicates that a probe or primer hybridizes under stringent hybridization conditions only to the target sequence in a sample comprising the target sequence.
As used herein, “amplified DNA” or “amplicon” refers to the product of nucleic acid amplification of a target nucleic acid sequence that is part of a nucleic acid template. For example, to determine whether a corn plant resulting from a sexual cross contains transgenic event genomic DNA from the corn plant of the invention, DNA extracted from the corn plant tissue sample may be subjected to a nucleic acid amplification method using a DNA primer pair that includes a first primer derived from flanking sequence adjacent to the insertion site of inserted heterologous DNA, and a second primer derived from the inserted heterologous DNA to produce an amplicon that is diagnostic for the presence of the event DNA. Alternatively, the second primer may be derived from the flanking sequence. The amplicon is of a length and has a sequence that is also diagnostic for the event. The amplicon may range in length from the combined length of the primer pairs plus one nucleotide base pair to any length of amplicon producible by a DNA amplification protocol. Alternatively, primer pairs can be derived from flanking sequence on both sides of the inserted DNA so as to produce an amplicon that includes the entire insert nucleotide sequence of the PHP27118 expression construct as well as the sequence flanking the transgenic insert. A member of a primer pair derived from the flanking sequence may be located a distance from the inserted DNA sequence, this distance can range from one nucleotide base pair up to the limits of the amplification reaction, or about 20,000 bp. The use of the term “amplicon” specifically excludes primer dimers that may be formed in the DNA thermal amplification reaction.
Nucleic acid amplification can be accomplished by any of the various nucleic acid amplification methods known in the art, including PCR. A variety of amplification methods are known in the art and are described, inter alia, in U.S. Pat. Nos. 4,683,195 and 4,683,202 and in Innis et al., (1990) supra. PCR amplification methods have been developed to amplify up to 22 Kb of genomic DNA and up to 42 Kb of bacteriophage DNA (Cheng et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 91:5695-5699, 1994). These methods as well as other methods known in the art of DNA amplification may be used in the practice of the embodiments of the present invention. It is understood that a number of parameters in a specific PCR protocol may need to be adjusted to specific laboratory conditions and may be slightly modified and yet allow for the collection of similar results. These adjustments will be apparent to a person skilled in the art.
The amplicon produced by these methods may be detected by a plurality of techniques, including, but not limited to, Genetic Bit Analysis (Nikiforov, et al. Nucleic Acid Res. 22:4167-4175, 1994) where a DNA oligonucleotide is designed which overlaps both the adjacent flanking DNA sequence and the inserted DNA sequence. The oligonucleotide is immobilized in wells of a microwell plate. Following PCR of the region of interest (using one primer in the inserted sequence and one in the adjacent flanking sequence) a single-stranded PCR product can be hybridized to the immobilized oligonucleotide and serve as a template for a single base extension reaction using a DNA polymerase and labeled ddNTPs specific for the expected next base. Readout may be fluorescent or ELISA-based. A signal indicates presence of the insert/flanking sequence due to successful amplification, hybridization, and single base extension.
Another detection method is the pyrosequencing technique as described by Winge (2000) Innov. Pharma. Tech. 00:18-24. In this method an oligonucleotide is designed that overlaps the adjacent DNA and insert DNA junction. The oligonucleotide is hybridized to a single-stranded PCR product from the region of interest (one primer in the inserted sequence and one in the flanking sequence) and incubated in the presence of a DNA polymerase, ATP, sulfurylase, luciferase, apyrase, adenosine 5′ phosphosulfate and luciferin. dNTPs are added individually and the incorporation results in a light signal which is measured. A light signal indicates the presence of the transgene insert/flanking sequence due to successful amplification, hybridization, and single or multi-base extension.
Fluorescence polarization as described by Chen et al., (1999) Genome Res. 9:492-498 is also a method that can be used to detect an amplicon of the invention. Using this method an oligonucleotide is designed which overlaps the flanking and inserted DNA junction. The oligonucleotide is hybridized to a single-stranded PCR product from the region of interest (one primer in the inserted DNA and one in the flanking DNA sequence) and incubated in the presence of a DNA polymerase and a fluorescent-labeled ddNTP. Single base extension results in incorporation of the ddNTP. Incorporation can be measured as a change in polarization using a fluorometer. A change in polarization indicates the presence of the transgene insert/flanking sequence due to successful amplification, hybridization, and single base extension.
Taqman® (PE Applied Biosystems, Foster City, Calif.) is described as a method of detecting and quantifying the presence of a DNA sequence and is fully understood in the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Briefly, a FRET oligonucleotide probe is designed which overlaps the flanking and insert DNA junction. The FRET probe and PCR primers (one primer in the insert DNA sequence and one in the flanking genomic sequence) are cycled in the presence of a thermostable polymerase and dNTPs. Hybridization of the FRET probe results in cleavage and release of the fluorescent moiety away from the quenching moiety on the FRET probe. A fluorescent signal indicates the presence of the flanking/transgene insert sequence due to successful amplification and hybridization.
Molecular beacons have been described for use in sequence detection as described in Tyangi et al. (1996) Nature Biotech. 14:303-308. Briefly, a FRET oligonucleotide probe is designed that overlaps the flanking and insert DNA junction. The unique structure of the FRET probe results in it containing secondary structure that keeps the fluorescent and quenching moieties in close proximity. The FRET probe and PCR primers (one primer in the insert DNA sequence and one in the flanking sequence) are cycled in the presence of a thermostable polymerase and dNTPs. Following successful PCR amplification, hybridization of the FRET probe to the target sequence results in the removal of the probe secondary structure and spatial separation of the fluorescent and quenching moieties. A fluorescent signal results. A fluorescent signal indicates the presence of the flanking/transgene insert sequence due to successful amplification and hybridization.
A hybridization reaction using a probe specific to a sequence found within the amplicon is yet another method used to detect the amplicon produced by a PCR reaction.
Maize event DP-004114-3 is effective against insect pests including insects selected from the orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera, Lepidoptera, Mallophaga, Homoptera, Hemiptera, Orthoptera, Thysanoptera, Dermaptera, Isoptera, Anoplura, Siphonaptera, Trichoptera, etc., particularly Coleoptera and Lepidoptera.
Insects of the order Lepidoptera include, but are not limited to, armyworms, cutworms, loopers, and heliothines in the family Noctuidae: Agrotis ipsilon Hufnagel (black cutworm); A. orthogonia Morrison (western cutworm); A. segetum Denis & Schiffermüller (turnip moth); A. subterranea Fabricius (granulate cutworm); Alabama argillacea Hübner (cotton leaf worm); Anticarsia gemmatalis Hübner (velvetbean caterpillar); Athetis mindara Barnes and McDunnough (rough skinned cutworm); Earias insulana Boisduval (spiny bollworm); E. vittella Fabricius (spotted bollworm); Egira (Xylomyges) curialis Grote (citrus cutworm); Euxoa messoria Harris (darksided cutworm); Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (American bollworm); H. zea Boddie (corn earworm or cotton bollworm); Heliothis virescens Fabricius (tobacco budworm); Hypena scabra Fabricius (green cloverworm); Hyponeuma taltula Schaus; (Mamestra configurata Walker (bertha armyworm); M. brassicae Linnaeus (cabbage moth); Melanchra picta Harris (zebra caterpillar); Mocis latipes Guenée (small mocis moth); Pseudaletia unipuncta Haworth (armyworm); Pseudoplusia includens Walker (soybean looper); Richia albicosta Smith (Western bean cutworm); Spodoptera frugiperda JE Smith (fall armyworm); S. exigua Hübner (beet armyworm); S. litura Fabricius (tobacco cutworm, cluster caterpillar); Trichoplusia ni Hübner (cabbage looper); borers, casebearers, webworms, coneworms, and skeletonizers from the families Pyralidae and Crambidae such as Achroia grisella Fabricius (lesser wax moth); Amyelois transitella Walker (naval orangeworm); Anagasta kuehniella Zeller (Mediterranean flour moth); Cadra cautella Walker (almond moth); Chilo partellus Swinhoe (spotted stalk borer); C. suppressalis Walker (striped stem/rice borer); C. terrenellus Pagenstecher (sugarcane stem borer); Corcyra cephalonica Stainton (rice moth); Crambus caliginosellus Clemens (corn root webworm); C. teterrellus Zincken (bluegrass webworm); Cnaphalocrocis medinalis Guenée (rice leaf roller); Desmia funeralis Hübner (grape leaffolder); Diaphania hyalinata Linnaeus (melon worm); D. nitidalis Stoll (pickleworm); Diatraea flavipennella Box; D. grandiosella Dyar (southwestern corn borer), D. saccharalis Fabricius (surgarcane borer); Elasmopalpus lignosellus Zeller (lesser cornstalk borer); Eoreuma loftini Dyar (Mexican rice borer); Ephestia elutella Hübner (tobacco (cacao) moth); Galleria mellonella Linnaeus (greater wax moth); Hedylepta accepta Butler (sugarcane leafroller); Herpetogramma licarsisalis Walker (sod webworm); Homoeosoma electellum Hulst (sunflower moth); Loxostege sticticalis Linnaeus (beet webworm); Maruca testulalis Geyer (bean pod borer); Orthaga thyrisalis Walker (tea tree web moth); Ostrinia nubilalis Hübner (European corn borer); Plodia interpunctella Hübner (Indian meal moth); Scirpophaga incertulas Walker (yellow stem borer); Udea rubigalis Hübner (celery leaftier); and leafrollers, budworms, seed worms, and fruit worms in the family Tortricidae Acleris gloverana Walsingham (Western blackheaded budworm); A. variana Fernald (Eastern blackheaded budworm); Adoxophyes orana Fischer von Rösslerstamm (summer fruit tortrix moth); Archips spp. including A. argyrospila Walker (fruit tree leaf roller) and A. rosana Linnaeus (European leaf roller); Argyrotaenia spp.; Bonagota salubricola Meyrick (Brazilian apple leafroller); Choristoneura spp.; Cochylis hospes Walsingham (banded sunflower moth); Cydia latiferreana Walsingham (filbertworm); C. pomonella Linnaeus (codling moth); Endopiza viteana Clemens (grape berry moth); Eupoecilia ambiguella Hübner (vine moth); Grapholita molesta Busck (oriental fruit moth); Lobesia botrana Denis & Schiffermüller (European grape vine moth); Platynota flavedana Clemens (variegated leafroller); P. stultana Walsingham (omnivorous leafroller); Spilonota ocellana Denis & Schiffermüller (eyespotted bud moth); and Suleima helianthana Riley (sunflower bud moth).
Selected other agronomic pests in the order Lepidoptera include, but are not limited to, Alsophila pometaria Harris (fall cankerworm); Anarsia lineatella Zeller (peach twig borer); Anisota senatoria J. E. Smith (orange striped oakworm); Antheraea pernyi Guérin-Méneville (Chinese Oak Silkmoth); Bombyx mori Linnaeus (Silkworm); Bucculatrix thurberiella Busck (cotton leaf perforator); Colias eurytheme Boisduval (alfalfa caterpillar); Datana integerrima Grote & Robinson (walnut caterpillar); Dendrolimus sibiricus Tschetwerikov (Siberian silk moth), Ennomos subsignaria Hübner (elm spanworm); Erannis tiliaria Harris (linden looper); Erechthias flavistriata Walsingham (sugarcane bud moth); Euproctis chrysorrhoea Linnaeus (browntail moth); Harrisina americana Guérin-Méneville (grapeleaf skeletonizer); Heliothis subflexa Hübner; Hemileuca oliviae Cockrell (range caterpillar); Hyphantria cunea Drury (fall webworm); Keiferia lycopersicella Walsingham (tomato pinworm); Lambdina fiscellaria fiscellaria Hulst (Eastern hemlock looper); L. fiscellaria lugubrosa Hulst (Western hemlock looper); Leucoma salicis Linnaeus (satin moth); Lymantria dispar Linnaeus (gypsy moth); Malacosoma spp.; Manduca quinquemaculata Haworth (five spotted hawk moth, tomato hornworm); M. sexta Haworth (tomato hornworm, tobacco hornworm); Operophtera brumata Linnaeus (winter moth); Orgyia spp.; Paleacrita vernata Peck (spring cankerworm); Papilio cresphontes Cramer (giant swallowtail, orange dog); Phryganidia californica Packard (California oakworm); Phyllocnistis citrella Stainton (citrus leafminer); Phyllonorycter blancardella Fabricius (spotted tentiform leafminer); Pieris brassicae Linnaeus (large white butterfly); P. rapae Linnaeus (small white butterfly); P. napi Linnaeus (green veined white butterfly); Platyptilia carduidactyla Riley (artichoke plume moth); Plutella xylostella Linnaeus (diamondback moth); Pectinophora gossypiella Saunders (pink bollworm); Pontia protodice Boisduval & Leconte (Southern cabbageworm); Sabulodes aegrotata Hübner (omnivorous looper); Schizura concinna J. E. Smith (red humped caterpillar); Sitotroga cerealella Olivier (Angoumois grain moth); Telchin licus Drury (giant sugarcane borer); Thaumetopoea pityocampa Schiffermüller (pine processionary caterpillar); Tineola bisselliella Hummel (webbing clothesmoth); Tuta absoluta Meyrick (tomato leafminer) and Yponomeuta padella Linnaeus (ermine moth).
Of interest are larvae and adults of the order Coleoptera including weevils from the families Anthribidae, Bruchidae, and Curculionidae including, but not limited to: Anthonomus grandis Boheman (boll weevil); Cylindrocopturus adspersus LeConte (sunflower stem weevil); Diaprepes abbreviatus Linnaeus (Diaprepes root weevil); Hypera punctata Fabricius (clover leaf weevil); Lissorhoptrus oryzophilus Kuschel (rice water weevil); Metamasius hemipterus hemipterus Linnaeus (West Indian cane weevil); M. hemipterus sericeus Olivier (silky cane weevil); Sitophilus granarius Linnaeus (granary weevil); S. oryzae Linnaeus (rice weevil); Smicronyx fulvus LeConte (red sunflower seed weevil); S. sordidus LeConte (gray sunflower seed weevil); Sphenophorus maidis Chittenden (maize billbug); S. livis Vaurie (sugarcane weevil); Rhabdoscelus obscurus Boisduval (New Guinea sugarcane weevil); flea beetles, cucumber beetles, rootworms, leaf beetles, potato beetles, and leafminers in the family Chrysomelidae including, but not limited to: Chaetocnema ectypa Horn (desert corn flea beetle); C. pulicaria Melsheimer (corn flea beetle); Colaspis brunnea Fabricius (grape colaspis); Diabrotica barberi Smith & Lawrence (northern corn rootworm); D. undecimpunctata howardi Barber (southern corn rootworm); D. virgifera virgifera LeConte (western corn rootworm); Leptinotarsa decemlineata Say (Colorado potato beetle); Oulema melanopus Linnaeus (cereal leaf beetle); Phyllotreta cruciferae Goeze (corn flea beetle); Zygogramma exclamationis Fabricius (sunflower beetle); beetles from the family Coccinellidae including, but not limited to: Epilachna varivestis Mulsant (Mexican bean beetle); chafers and other beetles from the family Scarabaeidae including, but not limited to: Antitrogus parvulus Britton (Childers cane grub); Cyclocephala borealis Arrow (northern masked chafer, white grub); C. immaculata Olivier (southern masked chafer, white grub); Dermolepida albohirtum Waterhouse (Greyback cane beetle); Euetheola humilis rugiceps LeConte (sugarcane beetle); Lepidiota frenchi Blackburn (French's cane grub); Tomarus gibbosus De Geer (carrot beetle); T. subtropicus Blatchley (sugarcane grub); Phyllophaga crinita Burmeister (white grub); P. latifrons LeConte (June beetle); Popillia japonica Newman (Japanese beetle); Rhizotrogus majalis Razoumowsky (European chafer); carpet beetles from the family Dermestidae; wireworms from the family Elateridae, Eleodes spp., Melanotus spp. including M. communis Gyllenhal (wireworm); Conoderus spp.; Limonius spp.; Agriotes spp.; Ctenicera spp.; Aeolus spp.; bark beetles from the family Scolytidae; beetles from the family Tenebrionidae; beetles from the family Cerambycidae such as, but not limited to, Migdolus fryanus Westwood (longhorn beetle); and beetles from the Buprestidae family including, but not limited to, Aphanisticus cochinchinae seminulum Obenberger (leaf-mining buprestid beetle).
Adults and immatures of the order Diptera are of interest, including leafminers Agromyza parvicornis Loew (corn blotch leafminer); midges including, but not limited to: Contarinia sorghicola Coquillett (sorghum midge); Mayetiola destructor Say (Hessian fly); Neolasioptera murtfeldtiana Felt, (sunflower seed midge); Sitodiplosis mosellana Géhin (wheat midge); fruit flies (Tephritidae), Oscinella frit Linnaeus (frit flies); maggots including, but not limited to: Delia spp. including Delia platura Meigen (seedcorn maggot); D. coarctata Fallen (wheat bulb fly); Fannia canicularis Linnaeus, F. femoralis Stein (lesser house flies); Meromyza americana Fitch (wheat stem maggot); Musca domestica Linnaeus (house flies); Stomoxys calcitrans Linnaeus (stable flies)); face flies, horn flies, blow flies, Chrysomya spp.; Phormia spp.; and other muscoid fly pests, horse flies Tabanus spp.; bot flies Gastrophilus spp.; Oestrus spp.; cattle grubs Hypoderma spp.; deer flies Chrysops spp.; Melophagus ovinus Linnaeus (keds); and other Brachycera, mosquitoes Aedes spp.; Anopheles spp.; Culex spp.; black flies Prosimulium spp.; Simulium spp.; biting midges, sand flies, sciarids, and other Nematocera.
Included as insects of interest are those of the order Hemiptera such as, but not limited to, the following families: Adelgidae, Aleyrodidae, Aphididae, Asterolecaniidae, Cercopidae, Cicadellidae, Cicadidae, Cixiidae, Coccidae, Coreidae, Dactylopiidae, Delphacidae, Diaspididae, Eriococcidae, Flatidae, Fulgoridae, Issidae, Lygaeidae, Margarodidae, Membracidae, Miridae, Ortheziidae, Pentatomidae, Phoenicococcidae, Phylloxeridae, Pseudococcidae, Psyllidae, Pyrrhocoridae and Tingidae.
Agronomically important members from the order Hemiptera include, but are not limited to: Acrosternum hilare Say (green stink bug); Acyrthisiphon pisum Harris (pea aphid); Adelges spp. (adelgids); Adelphocoris rapidus Say (rapid plant bug); Anasa tristis De Geer (squash bug); Aphis craccivora Koch (cowpea aphid); A. fabae Scopoli (black bean aphid); A. gossypii Glover (cotton aphid, melon aphid); A. maidiradicis Forbes (corn root aphid); A. pomi De Geer (apple aphid); A. spiraecola Patch (spirea aphid); Aulacaspis tegalensis Zehntner (sugarcane scale); Aulacorthum solani Kaltenbach (foxglove aphid); Bemisia tabaci Gennadius (tobacco whitefly, sweetpotato whitefly); B. argentifolii Bellows & Perring (silverleaf whitefly); Blissus leucopterus leucopterus Say (chinch bug); Blostomatidae spp.; Brevicoryne brassicae Linnaeus (cabbage aphid); Cacopsylla pyricola Foerster (pear psylla); Calocoris norvegicus Gmelin (potato capsid bug); Chaetosiphon fragaefolii Cockerell (strawberry aphid); Cimicidae spp.; Coreidae spp.; Corythuca gossypii Fabricius (cotton lace bug); Cyrtopeltis modesta Distant (tomato bug); C. notatus Distant (suckfly); Deois flavopicta Stål (spittlebug); Dialeurodes citri Ashmead (citrus whitefly); Diaphnocoris chlorionis Say (honeylocust plant bug); Diuraphis noxia Kurdjumov/Mordvilko (Russian wheat aphid); Duplachionaspis divergens Green (armored scale); Dysaphis plantaginea Paaserini (rosy apple aphid); Dysdercus suturellus Herrich-Schäffer (cotton stainer); Dysmicoccus boninsis Kuwana (gray sugarcane mealybug); Empoasca fabae Harris (potato leafhopper); Eriosoma lanigerum Hausmann (woolly apple aphid); Erythroneoura spp. (grape leafhoppers); Eumetopina flavipes Muir (Island sugarcane planthopper); Eurygaster spp.; Euschistus servus Say (brown stink bug); E. variolarius Palisot de Beauvois (one-spotted stink bug); Graptostethus spp. (complex of seed bugs); and Hyalopterus pruni Geoffroy (mealy plum aphid); Icerya purchasi Maskell (cottony cushion scale); Labopidicola allii Knight (onion plant bug); Laodelphax striatellus Fallen (smaller brown planthopper); Leptoglossus corculus Say (leaf-footed pine seed bug); Leptodictya tabida Herrich-Schaeffer (sugarcane lace bug); Lipaphis erysimi Kaltenbach (turnip aphid); Lygocoris pabulinus Linnaeus (common green capsid); Lygus lineolaris Palisot de Beauvois (tarnished plant bug); L. Hesperus Knight (Western tarnished plant bug); L. pratensis Linnaeus (common meadow bug); L. rugulipennis Poppius (European tarnished plant bug); Macrosiphum euphorbiae Thomas (potato aphid); Macrosteles quadrilineatus Forbes (aster leafhopper); Magicicada septendecim Linnaeus (periodical cicada); Mahanarva fimbriolata Stål (sugarcane spittlebug); M. posticata Stål (little cicada of sugarcane); Melanaphis sacchari Zehntner (sugarcane aphid); Melanaspis glomerata Green (black scale); Metopolophium dirhodum Walker (rose grain aphid); Myzus persicae Sulzer (peach-potato aphid, green peach aphid); Nasonovia ribisnigri Mosley (lettuce aphid); Nephotettix cinticeps Uhler (green leafhopper); N. nigropictus Stål (rice leafhopper); Nezara viridula Linnaeus (southern green stink bug); Nilaparvata lugens Stål (brown planthopper); Nysius ericae Schilling (false chinch bug); Nysius raphanus Howard (false chinch bug); Oebalus pugnax Fabricius (rice stink bug); Oncopeltus fasciatus Dallas (large milkweed bug); Orthops campestris Linnaeus; Pemphigus spp. (root aphids and gall aphids); Peregrinus maidis Ashmead (corn planthopper); Perkinsiella saccharicida Kirkaldy (sugarcane delphacid); Phylloxera devastatrix Pergande (pecan phylloxera); Planococcus citri Risso (citrus mealybug); Plesiocoris rugicollis Fallen (apple capsid); Poecilocapsus lineatus Fabricius (four-lined plant bug); Pseudatomoscelis seriatus Reuter (cotton fleahopper); Pseudococcus spp. (other mealybug complex); Pulvinaria elongata Newstead (cottony grass scale); Pyrilla perpusilla Walker (sugarcane leafhopper); Pyrrhocoridae spp.; Quadraspidiotus perniciosus Comstock (San Jose scale); Reduviidae spp.; Rhopalosiphum maidis Fitch (corn leaf aphid); R. padi Linnaeus (bird cherry-oat aphid); Saccharicoccus sacchari Cockerell (pink sugarcane mealybug); Scaptocoris castanea Perty (brown root stink bug); Schizaphis graminum Rondani (greenbug); Sipha flava Forbes (yellow sugarcane aphid); Sitobion avenae Fabricius (English grain aphid); Sogatella furcifera Horvath (white-backed planthopper); Sogatodes oryzicola Muir (rice delphacid); Spanagonicus albofasciatus Reuter (whitemarked fleahopper); Therioaphis maculata Buckton (spotted alfalfa aphid); Tinidae spp.; Toxoptera aurantil Boyer de Fonscolombe (black citrus aphid); and T. citricida Kirkaldy (brown citrus aphid); Trialeurodes abutiloneus (bandedwinged whitefly) and T. vaporariorum Westwood (greenhouse whitefly); Trioza diospyri Ashmead (persimmon psylla); and Typhlocyba pomaria McAtee (white apple leafhopper).
Also included are adults and larvae of the order Acari (mites) such as Aceria tosichella Keifer (wheat curl mite); Panonychus ulmi Koch (European red mite); Petrobia latens Müller (brown wheat mite); Steneotarsonemus bancrofti Michael (sugarcane stalk mite); spider mites and red mites in the family Tetranychidae, Oligonychus grypus Baker & Pritchard, O. indicus Hirst (sugarcane leaf mite), O. pratensis Banks (Banks grass mite), O. stickneyi McGregor (sugarcane spider mite); Tetranychus urticae Koch (two spotted spider mite); T. mcdanieli McGregor (McDaniel mite); T. cinnabarinus Boisduval (carmine spider mite); T. turkestani Ugarov & Nikolski (strawberry spider mite), flat mites in the family Tenuipalpidae, Brevipalpus lewisi McGregor (citrus flat mite); rust and bud mites in the family Eriophyidae and other foliar feeding mites and mites important in human and animal health, i.e. dust mites in the family Epidermoptidae, follicle mites in the family Demodicidae, grain mites in the family Glycyphagidae, ticks in the order Ixodidae. Ixodes scapularis Say (deer tick); I. holocyclus Neumann (Australian paralysis tick); Dermacentor variabilis Say (American dog tick); Amblyomma americanum Linnaeus (lone star tick); and scab and itch mites in the families Psoroptidae, Pyemotidae, and Sarcoptidae.
Insect pests of the order Thysanura are of interest, such as Lepisma saccharina Linnaeus (silverfish); Thermobia domestica Packard (firebrat).
Additional arthropod pests covered include: spiders in the order Araneae such as Loxosceles reclusa Gertsch & Mulaik (brown recluse spider); and the Latrodectus mactans Fabricius (black widow spider); and centipedes in the order Scutigeromorpha such as Scutigera coleoptrata Linnaeus (house centipede). In addition, insect pests of the order Isoptera are of interest, including those of the termitidae family, such as, but not limited to, Cornitermes cumulans Kollar, Cylindrotermes nordenskioeldi Holmgren and Pseudacanthotermes militaris Hagen (sugarcane termite); as well as those in the Rhinotermitidae family including, but not limited to Heterotermes tenuis Hagen. Insects of the order Thysanoptera are also of interest, including but not limited to thrips, such as Stenchaetothrips minutus van Deventer (sugarcane thrips).
Embodiments of the present invention are further defined in the following Examples. It should be understood that these Examples are given by way of illustration only. From the above discussion and these Examples, one skilled in the art can ascertain the essential characteristics of this invention, and without departing from the spirit and scope thereof, can make various changes and modifications of the embodiments of the invention to adapt it to various usages and conditions. Thus, various modifications of the embodiments of the invention, in addition to those shown and described herein, will be apparent to those skilled in the art from the foregoing description. Such modifications are also intended to fall within the scope of the appended claims.
The disclosure of each reference set forth herein is incorporated herein by reference in its entirety.EXAMPLES Example 1. Transformation of Maize by Agrobacterium Transformation and Regeneration of Transgenic Plants Containing the Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1 (Cry34/35Ab1) and Pat Genes
4114 maize was produced by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation with plasmid PHP27118. This event contains the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat gene cassettes, which confer resistance to certain lepidopteran and coleopteran pests.
Specifically, the first cassette contains a truncated version of the cry1F gene from Bt var. aizawai. The insertion of the cry1F gene confers resistance to damage by lepidopteran pests, including ECB and FAW. The Cry1F protein (SEQ ID NO: 1) is comprised of 605 amino acids and has a molecular weight of approximately 68 kDa. The expression of the cry1F gene is controlled by the maize polyubiquitin promoter (Christensen et al., 1992, supra), providing constitutive expression of Cry1F protein in maize. This region also includes the 5′ UTR and intron associated with the native polyubiquitin promoter. The terminator for the cry1F gene is the poly(A) addition signal from open reading frame 25 (ORF 25) of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens (A. tumefaciens) Ti plasmid pTi15955 (Barker et al., 1983, supra).
The second cassette contains the cry34Ab1 gene isolated from Bt strain PS149B1 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,127,180; 6,624,145 and 6,340,593). The Cry34Ab1 protein (SEQ ID NO: 2) is 123 amino acid residues in length and has a molecular weight of approximately 14 kDa. The expression of the cry34Ab1 gene is controlled by a second copy of the maize polyubiquitin promoter with 5′ UTR and intron (Christensen et al., 1992, supra). The terminator for the cry34Ab1 gene is the pinII terminator (Keil et al., 1986, supra; An et al., 1989, supra).
The third gene cassette contains the cry35Ab1 gene, also isolated from Bt strain PS149B1 (U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,083,499; 6,548,291 and 6,340,593). The Cry35Ab1 protein (SEQ ID NO: 3) has a length of 383 amino acids and a molecular weight of approximately 44 kDa. Simultaneous expression of the Cry34Ab1 and Cry35Ab1 proteins in the plant confers resistance to coleopteran insects, including WCRW. The expression of the cry35Ab1 gene is controlled by the Triticum aestivum (wheat) peroxidase promoter and leader sequence (Hertig et al. 1991, supra). The terminator for the cry35Ab1 gene is a second copy of the pinII terminator (Keil et al. 1986, supra; An et al. 1989, supra).
The fourth and final gene cassette contains a version of pat from Streptomyces viridochromogenes that has been optimized for expression in maize. The pat gene expresses PAT, which confers tolerance to phosphinothricin (glufosinate-ammonium). The PAT protein (SEQ ID NO: 4) is 183 amino acids residues in length and has a molecular weight of approximately 21 kDa. Expression of the pat gene is controlled by the promoter and terminator regions from the CaMV 35S transcript (Franck et al., 1980, supra; Odell et al., 1985, supra; Pietrzak, et al., 1986, supra). Plants containing the DNA constructs are also provided. A description of the genetic elements in the PHP27118 T-DNA (set forth in SEQ ID NO: 5) and their sources are described further in Table 1.
Immature embryos of maize (Zea mays L.) were aseptically removed from the developing caryopsis nine to eleven days after pollination and inoculated with A. tumefaciens strain LBA4404 containing plasmid PHP27118 (
Samples were taken from the T0 plantlets for PCR analysis to verify the presence and copy number of the inserted cry1F, cry35Ab1, cry34Ab1, and/or pat genes. Maize event DP-004114-3 was confirmed to contain a single copy of the T-DNA (See Examples 2 and 3). In addition to this analysis, the T0 plantlets were analyzed for the presence of certain Agrobacterium binary vector backbone sequences by PCR (data not shown). Plants that were determined to be single copy for the inserted genes and negative for Agrobacterium backbone sequences were selected for further greenhouse propagation. These selected T0 plants were screened for trait efficacy and protein expression by conducting numerous bioassays (See Example 5). The T0 plants meeting all criteria were advanced and crossed to inbred lines to produce seed for further testing. A schematic overview of the transformation and event development is presented in
Genomic DNA from leaf tissue of test seed from 4114 maize and a control substance (seed from a non-genetically modified maize with a genetic background representative of the event background) was isolated and subjected to qualitative PCR amplification using a construct-specific primer pair. The PCR products were separated on an agarose gel to confirm the presence of the inserted construct in the genomic DNA isolated from the test seed, and the absence of the inserted construct in the genomic DNA isolated from the control seed. A reference standard (Low DNA Mass Ladder; Invitrogen Corporation Catalog #10380-012) was used to determine the PCR product size. The reliability of the construct-specific PCR method was assessed by repeating the experiment three times. The sensitivity of the PCR amplification was evaluated by various dilutions of the genomic DNA from 4114 maize.
Test and control leaf samples (V5-V7 leaf stage) were harvested from plants grown at the DuPont Experimental Station (Wilmington, Del.) from seed obtained from Pioneer Hi-Bred (Johnston, Iowa). Genomic DNA extractions from the test and control leaf tissues were performed using a standard urea extraction protocol.
Genomic DNA was quantified using the NanoDrop 1000 Spectrophotometer using ND-1000 V3.6 Software (ThermoScientific, Wilmington, Del.) and the Quant-iT PicoGreen® reagent (Invitrogen, Carslbad, Calif.). DNA samples were visualized on an agarose gel to confirm quantitation values and to determine the DNA quality.
Genomic DNA samples isolated from leaf tissue of 4114 maize and control samples were subjected to PCR amplification (Roche High Fidelity PCR Master Kit, Roche Catalog #12140314001) utilizing a construct-specific primer pair (SEQ ID NOs: 7 and 8) which spans the maize ORF 25 terminator and the ubiquitin promoter (See
A PCR product of approximately 300 bp in size amplified by the construct-specific primer set (SEQ ID NOs: 7 and 8) was observed in PCR reactions using plasmid PHP27118 (10 ng) as a template and all 4114 maize DNA samples, but absent in all control maize samples and the no-template control. This experiment was repeated three times, and similar results were obtained. Results observed for DNA extracts from five 4114 maize plants and five control maize plants corresponded closely with the expected PCR product size (287 bp) for samples containing 4114 maize genomic DNA. A PCR product approximately 220 bp in size was observed for both 4114 maize and control maize samples following PCR reaction with the primer set (SEQ ID NOs: 9 and 10) for detection of the endogenous maize invertase gene. These results corresponded closely with the expected PCR product size (225 bp) for genomic DNA samples containing the maize endogenous invertase gene. The endogenous target band was not observed in the no-template control.
In order to assess the sensitivity of the PCR amplification, various concentrations of a single DNA sample from 4114 maize were diluted in non-genetically modified control DNA, resulting in 4114 maize DNA amounts ranging from 500 fg, 5 pg, 10 pg, 50 pg, 100 pg, 500 pg, 5 ng, and 50 ng (the total amount of genomic DNA in all PCR samples was 50 ng). Each dilution was subjected to PCR amplification as previously conducted. Based on this analysis, the limit of detection (LOD) was determined to be approximately 100 pg of 4114 maize DNA in 50 ng of total DNA, or 0.2% 4114 maize DNA.
In conclusion, qualitative PCR analysis utilizing a construct-specific primer set for 4114 maize confirmed that the test plants contained the inserted T-DNA from plasmid PHP27118, as evident by the presence of the construct-specific target band in all test plant samples analyzed, and the absence in the non-genetically modified control plants. This result was reproducible. Test and control plants both contained the endogenous maize invertase gene. The sensitivity of the analysis under the conditions described is approximately 100 pg of 4114 maize genomic DNA in 50 ng of total genomic DNA or 0.2% 4114 maize genomic DNA.Example 3. Southern Blot Analysis of DP-004114-3 Maize for Integrity and Copy Number
Southern blot analysis was used to confirm the integrity and copy number of the inserted T-DNA from PHP27118 and to confirm the presence of the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat gene cassettes in 4114 maize.
Five individual plants from the T1 generation of 4114 maize were selected for Southern blot analysis. Young leaf material was harvested from the 4114 maize (test) and non-transgenic maize (control) plants and was immediately placed on dry ice. The frozen samples were lyophilized and genomic DNA was extracted from the test and control tissues using a CTAB extraction method.
Following restriction enzyme digestions as detailed below, the DNA fragments were separated on agarose gels, depurinated, denatured, and neutralized in situ, and transferred to a nylon membrane in 20×SSC buffer using the method as described for TURBOBLOTTER™ Rapid Downward Transfer System (Schleicher & Schuell). Following transfer to the membrane, the DNA was bound to the membrane by ultraviolet light crosslinking.Integrity
The restriction enzyme Hind III was selected for Southern analysis of integrity, as there are three sites located within the T-DNA (
Four probes homologous to the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat genes on the PHP27118 T-DNA (for gene elements, see
The labeled probes were hybridized to the target DNA on the nylon membranes for detection of the specific fragments using the MiracleHyb® Hybridization Solution essentially as described by the manufacturer (Stratagene). Washes after hybridization were carried out at high stringency. Blots were exposed to X-ray film at −80° C. for one or more time points to detect hybridizing fragments.
Because the Hind III enzyme sites were known within the T-DNA, exact expected band sizes were determined for each of the probes (Table 4,
The results of the Southern blot analysis with Hind III and the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat gene probes confirmed the expected fragment sizes and, thus, confirmed that the T-DNA inserted intact into each of the events and that each of the genes was present.
A band of approximately 4 kb was observed with the cry1F probe which is consistent with the expected fragment size. A similar fragment of approximately 4 kb was observed in the plasmid positive control lane, which was presumed to be the expected band of 3891 bp. Based on equivalent migration of the hybridizing band in the events to the band in the plasmid positive control, it was confirmed that the portion of the T-DNA containing cry1F had inserted intact in 4114 maize.
In the hybridization with the cry34Ab1 probe, a band of approximately 8 kb was observed in the event and also in the plasmid positive control. The hybridizing band in the plasmid positive control lane was presumed to be the expected band of 7769 bp. Because the hybridizing band in the event had migrated equivalently with this band, it was confirmed that this portion of the T-DNA containing cry34Ab1 was inserted intact.
Similarly, hybridizations with cry35Ab1 and pat hybridized to the same 7769 bp fragment in the plant and plasmid positive control as expected. These results confirmed that the portion of the T-DNA containing the cry35Ab1 and pat genes had inserted intact.
This Southern blot analysis confirms that 4114 maize contains an intact copy of the T-DNA from PHP27118 containing the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat genes.
The cry1F and pat probes were used in Southern blot hybridizations to evaluate the copy number of the insertions in 4114 maize.
The restriction enzyme Bcl I was selected for Southern analysis of copy number, as there is a single site located within the T-DNA (
Probes for the cry1F and pat genes were also labeled by a PCR reaction incorporating a digoxigenin (DIG) labeled nucleotide, [DIG-11]-dUTP, into the fragment. PCR labeling of isolated fragments was carried out according to the procedures supplied in the PCR DIG Probe Synthesis Kit (Roche).
The DIG-labeled probes were hybridized to the Bcl I Southern blots of the T1 generation of the 4114 event. Probes were hybridized to the target DNA for detection of the specific fragments using DIG Easy Hyb solution (Roche) essentially as described by manufacturer. Post-hybridization washes were carried out at high stringency. DIG-labeled probes hybridized to the bound fragments were detected using the CDP-Star Chemiluminescent Nucleic Acid Detection System (Roche). Blots were exposed to X-ray film at room temperature for one or more time points to detect hybridizing fragments. Membranes were stripped of hybridized probe following the manufacturer's recommendation prior to hybridization with additional probes.
The restriction enzyme Bcl I, having a single restriction site within the T-DNA (
The results of the Southern blot analysis with Bcl I and the cry1F and pat gene probes for 4114 maize are summarized in Table 5.
The results of the Southern blot analysis of 4114 maize with Bcl I digestion and the cry1F probe showed two bands as expected, one band of greater than 8.6 kb and a second band of approximately 3.1 kb. Two bands are expected for a single insertion due to the location of the Bcl I site within the cry1F gene, so these results indicate that there is a single copy of cry1F in 4114 maize. The results of the Southern blot analysis of 4114 maize with BclI digestion and the pat probe showed a single band of greater than 8.6 kb that matched the size of the larger cry1F band as expected. These results indicate that there is also a single insertion of the pat gene in maize event 4114.
As the cry34Ab1 and cry35Ab1 genes are located on the same fragment as the pat gene and part of the cry1F gene, and between the cry1F and pat genes on the T-DNA, by extension this also demonstrates that this event is likely to contain a single copy of each of these genes.Example 4. Sequencing Characterization of Insert and Genomic Border Regions of Maize Event DP-004114-3
The sequence of the insert and genomic border regions was determined to confirm the integrity of the inserted DNA and to characterize the genomic sequence flanking the insertion site present in 4114 maize. In total, 16,752 bp of 4114 maize genomic sequence was confirmed, comprising 2,422 bp of the 5′ genomic border sequence, 2,405 bp of the 3′ genomic border sequence, and 11,925 bp of inserted T-DNA from PHP27118. The inserted T-DNA in 4114 maize was found to have a 29 bp deletion on the Right Border (RB) end and a 24 bp deletion on the Left Border (LB) end. All remaining sequence is intact and identical to that of plasmid PHP27118. The 5′ and 3′ genomic border regions of 4114 maize were verified to be of maize origin by PCR amplification and sequencing of the genomic border regions from both 4114 maize and control maize plants.
Seed containing event DP-004114-3 was obtained from a T1S2 generation of 4114 maize. Control seed was obtained from a maize line that has a similar genetic background to 4114 maize but does not contain the cry1F, cry34Ab1, cry35Ab1, and pat gene cassettes. All seeds were obtained from Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. (Johnston, Iowa). The Low DNA Mass Ladder (Invitrogen Corp., Carlsbad, Calif.) and the High DNA Mass Ladder (Invitrogen Corp.) were used for gel electrophoresis to estimate DNA fragment sizes on agarose gels.
The 4114 maize seed and the control seed were planted in growth chambers at the DuPont Experimental Station (Wilmington, Del.) to produce plant tissues used for this study. One seed was planted per pot, and the pot was uniquely identified. All plants were grown with light, temperature, and water regulated for healthy plant growth. Leaf samples were collected from the control and 4114 maize plants. For each individual plant, leaf material was collected in a pre-labeled bag, placed on dry ice, and then transferred to an ultra low freezer (<−55° C.) following collection. All samples were maintained frozen until tissue processing.Genotype Confirmation Via Event-Specific PCR Analysis
A leaf sample was taken from all test and control plants for event-specific PCR analysis. DNA was extracted from each leaf sample using the Extract-N-Amp™ Plant PCR kit following the described procedure (Sigma-Aldrich, St. Louis, Mo.) for real-time PCR analysis.
Real-time PCR was performed on each DNA sample utilizing an ABI PRISM® 7500HT Sequence Detection System (Applied Biosystems, Inc., Foster City, Calif.). TaqMan® probe (Applied Biosystems, Inc.) and primer sets (Integrated DNA Technologies, Coralville, Iowa) were designed to detect a target sequence from 4114 maize. In addition, a second TaqMan® probe and primer set for a reference maize endogenous gene was used to confirm the presence of amplifiable DNA in each reaction. The analysis consisted of real-time PCR determination of qualitative positive/negative calls. The extracted DNA was assayed using TaqMan® Universal PCR Master Mix, No AmpErase® UNG (Applied Biosystems, Inc.).
Positive or negative determination for 4114 maize was based on comparison of the CT (threshold cycle) of the event-specific target PCR to that of the maize endogenous reference target. If the event and endogenous PCR targets amplified above CT threshold, then the plant was scored as positive for that event. If the endogenous target amplified and the event target did not, then the plant was scored as negative. If neither target amplified for a particular sample, then it was determined to be a poor quality DNA sample or failed run and the assay was repeated.
All 4114 maize plants were positive for the event-specific PCR and the PAT, Cry1F, and Cry34Ab1 proteins, whereas all the control maize plants were negative. The results are summarized in Table 6.
DNA fragments were cloned and submitted for sequencing at the Pioneer Crop Genetics Research sequencing facility (Wilmington, Del.). Sequencher™ software from Gene Codes Corporation (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was used to assemble the sequences. Sequence annotation was performed using Vector NTI 9.1.0 (Invitrogen Corp) by comparing the T-DNA insert sequences generated from 4114 maize with the sequences from the T-DNA region of plasmid PHP27118 (used for transformation to produce 4114 maize).
The T-DNA region of plasmid PHP27118, used to create 4114 maize, was sequenced and compared with the inserted T-DNA sequence in 4114 maize.
The sequence of the T-DNA region of plasmid PHP27118 was used to design primer pairs to characterize the inserted T-DNA in 4114 maize. Six overlapping PCR products were generated using genomic DNA from four different 4114 maize plants as template. These PCR products were cloned and sequenced.Sequencing of 5′ and 3′ Flanking Genomic Border Regions
Preliminary sequence characterization of the 5′ and 3′ flanking genomic border regions were carried out using several rounds of inverse PCR, (Silver and Keerikatte (1989) J. Virol. 63: 1924; Ochman et al. (1988) Genetics 120:621-623; Triglia et al., (1988) Nucl. Acids Res. 16:8186) with primers anchored within various regions of the inserted T-DNA. Sequence information obtained from inverse PCR was subjected to BLASTn analysis and showed a match to the maize BAC clone AC211214 from the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information) GenBank nucleotide database. This sequence was then used to design primers that spanned the 5′ and 3′ insert/genomic junctions in 4114 maize. The PCR products generated from four 4114 maize plants were cloned and sequenced to verify the 5′ and 3′ insert/genomic junctions and the genomic border regions.
In addition, to demonstrate that the identified 5′ and 3′ genomic border regions were of maize origin, PCR was performed on 4114 maize and control maize plants within the genomic regions. Each PCR fragment was directly sequenced to verify its identity of maize origin.
The T-DNA sequence information of plasmid PHP27118 was used to design primers to verify the inserted sequence in 4114 maize (Tables 7 and 8).
To characterize the inserted T-DNA in 4114 maize, PCR primers were designed to amplify the T-DNA insert in six separate, overlapping PCR products as outlined in Table 7: fragments A through F(Positions indicated in
To verify the additional 5′ genomic border sequence, PCR was performed with a forward primer (SEQ ID NO: 11) in the 5′ genomic border region and a reverse primer (SEQ ID NO: 12) within the inserted T-DNA. The resulting 2,511 bp PCR fragment A from 4114 maize genomic DNA samples was cloned and sequenced (
To verify the additional 3′ genomic border sequence, PCR was performed with a forward primer (SEQ ID NO: 21) within the inserted T-DNA and a reverse primer (SEQ ID NO: 22) in the 3′ genomic border region. The resulting 2,612 bp PCR fragment F from 4114 maize genomic DNA samples was cloned and sequenced (
In total, 16,752 bp of sequence from genomic DNA of 4114 maize were confirmed: 2,422 bp of the 5′ genomic border sequence, 2,405 bp of the 3′ genomic border sequence, and 11,925 bp comprising the inserted T-DNA.
To demonstrate that the identified 5′ and 3′ flanking genomic border sequences are of maize origin, PCR was performed within the 5′ and 3′ genomic border regions (the primer pair set forth in SEQ ID NOs: 23 and 24 and the primer pair set forth in SEQ ID NOs: 25 and 26, respectively) on 4114 maize genomic DNA samples and control maize samples. The expected PCR fragment G (257 bp for the 5′ genomic region) and PCR fragment H (283 bp for the 3′ genomic region) were generated from both 4114 maize and control maize. These PCR products were cloned and sequenced, and the corresponding products from the 4114 maize and the control maize are identical, thus confirming that the sequences are of maize genomic origin.Example 5. Insect Efficacy of Maize Event DP-004114-3
Efficacy data was generated on 4114 maize. Field testing compared 4114 maize in two genetic backgrounds to a negative control (isoline) in the same backgrounds. Efficacy testing included: first generation ECB (ECB1) foliage damage and second generation ECB (ECB2) stalk damage at four locations, WCRW root damage at three locations, and FAW foliar damage at one location. At each location, single-row plots were planted in a randomized complete block with three replications (20 kernels/plot×12 entries×3 replicates=1 experiment/location). All plants were tissue sampled after emergence to confirm the presence of the event by event-specific PCR. Any negatives were culled and each plot thinned to a target stand of 10-15 evenly spaced plants per plot.
For trials characterizing ECB1 damage, each plant was manually infested with approximately 100 ECB neonate larvae 3 times (300 larvae total) over approximately one week beginning at approximately the V5 growth stage. Approximately three weeks after the last successful infestation, leaf damage ratings (based on a 9-1 visual rating scale where 9 indicates no damage and 1 indicates maximum damage) were taken on 8 consecutive plants per plot (total of 24 plants per genetic background, per entry) and means were calculated for each treatment. First generation ECB foliar feeding results on 4114 maize are shown in Table 9.
For trials characterizing ECB2 damage, the same plants infested above for ECB1 were manually infested again later in the growing season with approximately 100 ECB neonate larvae (300 larvae total) per plant 3 times over approximately one week beginning at the R1 growth stage, when approximately 50% of the plants were shedding pollen. At approximately 50-60 days after the last infestation, stalks of 8 consecutive plants per plot (total of 24 plants per genetic background, per entry) were split from the top of the 4th internode above the primary ear to the base of the plant. The total length of ECB stalk tunneling (ECBXCM) was then measured in centimeters and recorded for each plant. Tunnels 1 cm or less were considered entrance holes (larvae was not able to establish in the stalk) and were not included in the total cm of tunneling. Means (total cm of tunneling) were calculated for each treatment. The ECB2 stalk feeding results for 4114 maize are shown in Table 10.
Root damage caused by WCRW was also investigated. Plants at approximately the V2 growth stage were manually infested with approximately 500 WCRW eggs applied into the soil on each side of the plant (˜1,000 eggs/plant total). Additionally, plots were planted in fields that had a high probability of containing a natural infestation of WCRW. Plant roots were evaluated at approximately the R2 growth stage. Five consecutive plants per plot (total 45 plants per genetic background, per entry) were removed from the plot and washed with pressurized water. The root damage was rated using the 0-3 node injury scale (CRWNIS) (Oleson, et al. (2005) J. Econ. Entomol. 98(1):1-8) and means were calculated for each treatment. Mean root damage ratings from WCRW feeding are shown in Table 11.
For the FAW efficacy testing, individual plants were manually infested with approximately 75 neonates at approximately the V5 growth stage. Leaves were scored for damage on 8 consecutive plants per plot (total of 24 plants per genetic background, per entry) (FAWLF based on a 9-1 visual rating scale where 9 indicates no damage and 1 indicates maximum damage approximately two weeks after the last successful inoculation and means were calculated for each treatment. Mean damage ratings characterizing FAW foliar feeding on DP-004114-3 are shown in Table 12.
In addition to field efficacy studies, 4114 maize was evaluated in the lab-based sub-lethal seedling assay (SSA) (U.S. Publication No. 2006/0104904 the contents of which is hereby incorporated by reference). The SSA allowed for a comparison of the efficacy of 4114 maize to an unprotected control (near isoline) without the confounding effects of the field environment. The SSA technique involves exposing a population of neonate WCRW to maize seedlings containing either one of the 4114 maize events or non-transgenic (negative control) maize seedlings. Larvae were exposed for a period of 17 days from the date of initial egg hatch. The experimental unit for the SSA was a single plastic container with dimensions of 23×30×10 cm (Pactiv Corp., Lake Forest, IL). Entries were arranged in a randomized complete block with 3 replications per entry. For each entry, SSA setup involved placing 115 kernels into each container with 225 mL of a 1% thiophanate-methyl fungicide solution and 1000 mL of Metro-Mix 200 plant growth media (Scotts-Sierra Horticultural Products Company, Marysville, Ohio). Immediately after adding the Metro-Mix, WCRW eggs were infested onto the surface of each container at a rate of 1,000 eggs per container. WCRW eggs were pre-incubated at 25° C. so that initial egg hatch was timed to occur 5-7 days after container setup. Infested containers were held in a walk-in environmental chamber with settings of 25° C., 65% relative humidity, and 14:10 light:dark cycle. Larvae were extracted from the containers 17 days post-egg hatch using a Burlese funnel system. A random subsample of 30 larvae per container were selected and their head capsules measured under a dissecting microscope to categorize each into 1 of 3 instars. Data collected includes the age structure of the larval population determined from the number of larvae in each of three potential instars. Histograms that graphically displayed the age distribution of larvae for each entry were plotted and visually compared as shown in
The pest spectrum for 4114 maize is provided in Table 13.
4114 maize from the PHNAR×BC3F3 generation was grown in five locations in the United States and Canada. Each site employed a randomized complete block design containing four blocks, with each block separated by a buffer distance of at least 36 inches (0.9 m). Each entry was planted in 2-row plots bordered on each side by 1 row of border seed.Leaf Tissue Collection and Processing
One leaf tissue sample was collected in each block at the V9 stage. All samples were collected from impartially selected, healthy, representative plants for each event. Each leaf sample was obtained by selecting the youngest leaf that had emerged at least 8 inches (20 cm, visible tissue) from the whorl. If this leaf was damaged or otherwise unhealthy, the next leaf below it was sampled. The leaf was pruned (cut) from the plant approximately 8 inches (20 cm) from the leaf tip. The leaf sample (including midrib) was cut into ≤1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces and placed in a 50-ml sample vial. The samples were then placed on dry ice until transferred to a freezer (≤−10° C.). Samples were shipped frozen and stored at ≤−10° C. upon arrival. All tissue samples were lyophilized, under vacuum, until dry. The lyophilized leaf samples were finely homogenized in preparation for analysis. Samples were stored frozen between processing steps.Protein Concentration Determinations
Concentrations of the Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1, and PAT proteins were determined using specific quantitative ELISA methods.Protein Extraction
Aliquots of processed leaf tissue samples were weighed into 1.2 mL tubes at the target weight of 10 mg. Each sample analyzed for Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1, and PAT protein concentrations was extracted in 0.6 mL of chilled PBST (Phosphate Buffered Saline plus Tween-20). Following centrifugation, supernatants were removed, diluted, and analyzed.Determination of Cry1F, Cry34Ab1 and PAT Protein Concentration
The Cry1F, Cry34Ab1 and PAT ELISA kits employed were obtained from EnviroLogix, Inc. (Portland, Me.), and the Cry35Ab1 ELISA kit employed was obtained from Acadia BioScience, LLC (Portland, Me.). The ELISA method for each of these four proteins utilized a sequential “sandwich” format to determine the concentration of the protein in sample extracts. Standards (analyzed in triplicate wells) and diluted sample extracts (analyzed in duplicate wells) were incubated in plate pre-coated with an antibody specific to a single protein chosen from Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1 or PAT. Following incubation, unbound substances were washed from the plate. A different specific antibody for the respective selected protein, conjugated to the enzyme horseradish peroxidase (HRP), was added to the plate and incubated. Then, unbound substances were washed from the plate leaving the bound protein “sandwiched” between the antibody coated on the plate and the antibody-HRP conjugate. Detection of the bound antibody-protein complex was accomplished by the addition of substrate, which generated a colored product in the presence of HRP. The reaction was stopped with an acid solution and the optical density (OD) of each well was determined using plate reader. An average of the results from duplicate wells was used to determine the concentration of the Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1 or PAT protein in ng/mg sample dry weight.Calculations for Determining Protein Concentrations
SoftMax® Pro software was used to perform the calculations required to convert the OD values obtained by the plate reader to protein concentrations.1. Standard Curve
A standard curve was included on each ELISA plate. The equation for the standard curve was generated by the software, which used a quadratic fit to relate the mean OD values obtained for the standards to the respective standard concentration (ng/mL). The quadratic regression equation was applied as follows:
where x=known standard concentration and y=respective mean absorbance value (OD).2. Sample Concentration
Interpolation of the sample concentration (ng/ml) was accomplished by solving for x in the above equation using values for A, B, and C determined by the standard curve.
Sample concentration values were adjusted for the dilution factor expressed as 1:N
Adjusted Concentration=Sample Concentration×Dilution Factor
e.g. Sample Concentration=3.6 ng/mL and Dilution Factor=1:10
Adjusted Concentration=3.6 ng/mL×10=36 ng/mL
Adjusted sample concentration values were converted from ng/mL to ng/mg sample weight as
ng/mg Sample Weight=ng/mL×Extraction Volume (mL)/Sample Weight (mg)
e.g. Concentration=36 ng/mL, Extraction Volume=0.60 ml, and
Sample Weight=10.0 mg
ng/mg Sample Weight=36 ng/mg×0.60 mL/10.0 mg=2.2 ng/mg3. Lower Limit of Quantitation (LLOQ)
The LLOQ, in ng/mg sample weight, was calculated as follows:
The proteins Cry1F, Cry34Ab1, Cry35Ab1, and PAT were detected in V9 leaf tissue of 4114 maize at the concentrations set forth in Table 14 below.
The event-specific system for DP-004114-3 maize was designed at the 5′ junction between the DP-004114-3 insert and maize genomic region. The forward primer (08-O-2677, SEQ ID NO: 29) is situated within maize genomic DNA, the reverse primer (08-O-2678, SEQ ID NO: 30) is situated within the inserted DNA, and the binding site of the probe (08-QP74, SEQ ID NO: 31) spans the transition between DP-004114-3 insert and maize genomic DNA (Table 15). The optimum primer and probe concentrations were selected based on PCR efficiency and the ability to quantitate at the low (0.08% GM) and high (5% GM) ends of the dynamic range (Table 16).
The assay format used a standard curve having four standard points, each in triplicate. The standards were produced by preparing a solution of 40 ng/μl of total genomic maize DNA with 10% DP-004114-3 maize DNA followed by serial dilutions in 0.1×TE buffer containing 10 ng/μl salmon sperm DNA. Negative controls (NTC) were measured in triplicate for each system to verify purity of the reagents. Each sample (unknown) was analyzed at 200 ng genomic maize DNA per reaction in triplicates (six reactions per sample in total for both PCR systems). The relative content of DP-004114-3 maize to total maize DNA was subsequently calculated by determining the mean of the copy numbers based on the standard curves (linear regression of threshold cycle (CT) value versus log [copy number]) and calculating the ratios of DP-004114-3 maize copy number/total copy number of haploid maize genomes.
This event-specific quantitative PCR system for detection of DP-004114-3 maize DNA was developed, optimized, and validated on Applied Biosystem's ViiA 7™ real-time PCR system. The method can also be applied on a different platform however, with minimal optimization and adaptation.
The event-specific real-time PCR method described here can be applied to determine the relative content of DP-004114-3 maize DNA in total genomic maize DNA. The method performs in a linear manner with an acceptable level of accuracy and precision over the whole range from 0.08% to 5.0% DP-004114-3 content. The method was developed and validated with genomic DNA extracted from maize seeds. However, the assay can be applied to any matrix from which genomic DNA with sufficient quantity and quality can be purified.Example 8: Gel-Based PCR Detection Method for the Maize Event DP-004114-3
This protocol describes a qualitative gel-based PCR assay to detect the presence of DP-004114-3 maize DNA. The PCR detection method is used in conjunction with a DNA extraction method which yields DNA of sufficient quality and quantity.
A PCR system for DP-004114-3 maize was developed using primers to amplify the 5′ border junction between maize genomic DNA and the DP-004114-3 insert. The forward primer is located in the maize genomic region, and the reverse primer is located in the transgene insert.
Reagents were thoroughly mixed before use. A reaction mix consisting of all components of the PCR reaction were prepared, except template DNA, in sufficient quantity for all reactions to be performed. Reagents and the master mix were kept on ice.Preparation of the Mastermix for the PCR System:
Components were mixed and 20 μl of the thoroughly mixed mastermix dispensed into reaction tubes. 5 μl of a 20 ng/p template genomic DNA were added.
No Template Controls: Instead of genomic DNA, 5 μl of the diluent used for diluting the test DNA samples were added to their proper concentration; e.g. water, 0.1×TE, etc.
Positive controls: 5 μl of e.g. 1% DP-004114-3 (20 ng/μl) maize DNA were added.
After addition of template to mastermix, reaction tubes were capped and immediately placed in pre-heated PCR machine and run was initiated.Cycling Parameters
The PCR assay was performed using an Applied Biosystems' 96-well GeneAmp PCR System 9700 with the ramp speed set to ‘GeneAmp 9600’. The cycling parameters were as follows:PCR Profile for DP-004114-3 Detection Method
PCR products were mixed with enough 6× loading buffer added for a final concentration of 1× loading buffer (example: 25 μl PCR product plus 5 μl 6× loading buffer). 15 μl PCR products/loading dye mixture were loaded on a 2.5% agarose/1×TBE gel. Gel was run with a maximum of 7 V per cm (measured electrode to electrode) until the fragments were separated properly. Gel was run long enough to get clear separation of marker bands in the 50 to 200 bp range. The agarose gel was stained in an ethidium bromide bath (1.5 pg per ml in distilled water or buffer) for approximately 15 min, rinsed with distilled water or 1×TBE, and photographed under UV-light with an appropriate gel-documentation system. The PCR product for DP-004114-3 maize was 149 bp in length.
Having illustrated and described the principles of the present invention, it should be apparent to persons skilled in the art that the invention can be modified in arrangement and detail without departing from such principles. We claim all modifications that are within the spirit and scope of the appended claims.
All publications and published patent documents cited in this specification are incorporated herein by reference to the same extent as if each individual publication or patent application was specifically and individually indicated to be incorporated by reference.
10. A method of determining zygosity of DNA of a corn plant comprising corn event DP-004114-3 in a biological sample comprising:
- (a) contacting said sample with a primer pair selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 29 and 30, or a primer pair selected from the group consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 33 and 34, such that (1) when used in a nucleic acid amplification reaction comprising corn event DP-004114-3 DNA, produces a first amplicon that is diagnostic for corn event DP-004114-3, and (2) when used in a nucleic acid amplification reaction comprising corn genomic DNA other than DP-004114-3 DNA, produces a second amplicon that is diagnostic for corn genomic DNA other than DP-004114-3 DNA;
- (b) performing a nucleic acid amplification reaction; and
- (c) detecting the amplicons so produced, wherein detection of presence of both amplicons indicates that said sample is heterozygous for corn event DP-004114-3 DNA, wherein detection of only the first amplicon indicates that said sample is homozygous for corn event DP-004114-3 DNA.
11. A pair of polynucleotide primers comprising a first polynucleotide primer and a second polynucleotide primer, wherein the first polynucleotide primer comprises the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 29 and the complement thereof, and the second polynucleotide primer comprises the nucleotide sequence of SEQ ID NO: 30 and the complement thereof, which function together in the presence of a DP-004114-3 DNA template in a sample to produce an amplicon diagnostic for event DP-004114-3.
12. A kit for detecting nucleic acids that are unique to event DP-004114-3 comprising is a primer pair consisting of SEQ ID NOs: 29 and 30, or SEQ ID NOs: 33 and 34, and the complements thereof, which function as a primer pair in a nucleic acid detection method, and which upon amplification of or hybridization to a target nucleic acid sequence in a sample followed by detection of the amplicon or hybridization to the target sequence, are diagnostic for the presence of nucleic acid sequences unique to event DP-004114-3 in the sample.
Filed: Aug 19, 2020
Publication Date: Dec 10, 2020
Applicants: PIONEER HI-BRED INTERNATIONAL, INC. (JOHNSTON, IA), E. I. DU PONT DE NEMOURS AND COMPANY (WILMINGTON, DE)
Inventors: CLARA ALARCON (ALTOONA, IA), MATTHEW CURTIS HARMON (URBANDALE, IA), M. ALEJANDRA PASCUAL (GRANGER, IA), JAMES C REGISTER, III (AMES, IA), CHRISTOPHER J SCELONGE (ANKENY, IA), JOSHUA K YOUNG (JOHNSTON, IA), CATHY XIAOYAN ZHONG (WILMINGTON, DE)
Application Number: 16/997,530