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Efficient gene targeting in Nicotiana tabacum using CRISPR/SaCas9 and temperature tolerant LbCas12a

Huang, Teng‐Kuei; Armstrong, Brittney; Schindele, Patrick; Puchta, Holger

Nicotiana tabacum is a non‐food herb that has the potential to be utilized as bio‐factory for generating medicines, vaccines or valuable small metabolites. To achieve these goals, the improvement of genetic tools for pre‐designed genome modifications is indispensable. The development of CRISPR/Cas nucleases allows the induction of site‐specific double‐strand breaks to enhance homologous recombination‐mediated gene targeting (GT). However, the efficiency of GT is still a challenging obstacle for many crops including tobacco. Recently, studies in several plant species indicated that by replacing SpCas9 with other CRISPR/Cas‐based nucleases, GT efficiencies might be enhanced considerably. Therefore, we tested SaCas9 as well as a temperature‐insensitive version of LbCas12a (ttLbCas12a) for targeting the tobacco SuRB gene. At the same time, we also optimized the protocol for Agrobacterium‐mediated tobacco transformation and tissue culture. In this way, we could improve GT efficiencies to up to a third of the inoculated cotyledons when using ttLbCas12a, which outperformed SaCas9 considerably. In addition, we could show that the conversion tract length of the GT reaction can be up to 606 bp long and in the majority of cases, it is longer than 250 bp. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000129275
Veröffentlicht am 05.02.2021
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Botanisches Institut (BOTANIK)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2021
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1467-7644, 1467-7652
KITopen-ID: 1000129275
Erschienen in Plant biotechnology journal
Verlag Wiley Open Access
Seiten 11 S.
Projektinformation Newcotiana (EU, H2020, 760331)
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 28.01.2021
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