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The genome of cultivated sweet potato containsAgrobacteriumT-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2015
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Title
The genome of cultivated sweet potato containsAgrobacteriumT-DNAs with expressed genes: An example of a naturally transgenic food crop
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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2015
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1419685112
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Tina Kyndt, Dora Quispe, Hong Zhai, Robert Jarret, Marc Ghislain, Qingchang Liu, Godelieve Gheysen, Jan F. Kreuze

Abstract

Agrobacterium rhizogenes and Agrobacterium tumefaciens are plant pathogenic bacteria capable of transferring DNA fragments [transfer DNA (T-DNA)] bearing functional genes into the host plant genome. This naturally occurring mechanism has been adapted by plant biotechnologists to develop genetically modified crops that today are grown on more than 10% of the world's arable land, although their use can result in considerable controversy. While assembling small interfering RNAs, or siRNAs, of sweet potato plants for metagenomic analysis, sequences homologous to T-DNA sequences from Agrobacterium spp. were discovered. Simple and quantitative PCR, Southern blotting, genome walking, and bacterial artificial chromosome library screening and sequencing unambiguously demonstrated that two different T-DNA regions (IbT-DNA1 and IbT-DNA2) are present in the cultivated sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas [L.] Lam.) genome and that these foreign genes are expressed at detectable levels in different tissues of the sweet potato plant. IbT-DNA1 was found to contain four open reading frames (ORFs) homologous to the tryptophan-2-monooxygenase (iaaM), indole-3-acetamide hydrolase (iaaH), C-protein (C-prot), and agrocinopine synthase (Acs) genes of Agrobacterium spp. IbT-DNA1 was detected in all 291 cultigens examined, but not in close wild relatives. IbT-DNA2 contained at least five ORFs with significant homology to the ORF14, ORF17n, rooting locus (Rol)B/RolC, ORF13, and ORF18/ORF17n genes of A. rhizogenes. IbT-DNA2 was detected in 45 of 217 genotypes that included both cultivated and wild species. Our finding, that sweet potato is naturally transgenic while being a widely and traditionally consumed food crop, could affect the current consumer distrust of the safety of transgenic food crops.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 12 2%
Germany 7 1%
Japan 5 <1%
Spain 4 <1%
Mexico 3 <1%
Italy 3 <1%
Brazil 3 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Other 17 3%
Unknown 523 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 140 24%
Student > Ph. D. Student 124 21%
Student > Master 79 14%
Student > Bachelor 66 11%
Other 37 6%
Other 135 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 418 72%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 75 13%
Unspecified 39 7%
Environmental Science 8 1%
Chemistry 7 1%
Other 34 6%

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