Journal: PLoS ONE
Article Title: Plant X-tender: An extension of the AssemblX system for the assembly and expression of multigene constructs in plants
Figure Lengend Snippet: Multigene cloning with Plant X-tender expression vectors. Two expression cassettes were cloned into pCAMBIA_ASX and introduced into N . benthamiana . (A-F) Scheme of cloning procedure. (A) Amplification of expression cassette from template plasmid using primers with appropriate 5’ and 3’ extension homologies in the case of p35S::H2BRFP_tNOS expression cassette. PCR amplification of subunits (pNOS, ECFP, t35S) u sing custom-designed primers with appropriate 5’ extensions to add overlaps between the individual subunits and chosen Level 0 plasmid in the case of pNOS::ECFP_t35S expression cassette. (B) Assembly of subunits into Hin dIII digested Level 0 vectors by NEBuilder HiFi assembly method. Only the restriction of Level 0 vector with A0/A1 homology regions is shown. (C) Assembled cassettes flanked by homology regions were released from the backbone using Pme I. (D) Assembly of expression cassettes into Pac I digested Level 1 vector by TAR or NEBuilder HiFi. (E) Release of the multigene construct from Level 1 vector using I- Sce I homing endonuclease, cutting outside the homology regions A0 and B0. (F) Assembly of two expression cassettes and yeast selection marker ( URA3 ) into Hin dIII digested Plant X-tender expression vectors with SLiCE of NEBuilder HiFi. (G–J) Images of agroinfiltrated N . benthamiana leaves obtained by laser scanning confocal microscopy. Leaves were agroinfiltrated with agrobacteria containing pCAMBIA_ASX_multigene (upper panel) or with empty A . tumefaciens (bottom panel). (G) Nuclear localisation of RFP. Fluorescence is represented as a maximum projection of z-stacks. (H) ECFP is localised in the cytoplasm. Fluorescence is represented as maximum projections of z-stacks. (I) Bright field. (J) Overlay of G, H and I. Scale bars are 100 μm. p35S: cauliflower mosaic virus CaMV 35S promoter, H2BRFP: histon sequence fused to red fluorescence protein (mRFP1), tNOS: nopaline synthase terminator, pNOS: nopaline synthase promoter, ECFP: cyan fluorescent protein, t35S: cauliflower mosaic virus CaMV 35S terminator, A0, A1 AR, B0: homology regions, Rp: selection marker conferring hygromycin resistance in plants, Re: selection marker conferring kanamycin resistance in E . coli and A . tumefaciens , Amp: selection marker conferring ampicillin resistance in E . coli and A . tumefaciens , Kan: selection marker conferring kanamycin resistance in E . coli and A . tumefaciens , LB: left border of T-DNA, RB: right border of T-DNA, Hin dIII, I- Sce I, Pac I, Asc I, Sbf I, Swa I, Fse I, Pme I: restriction enzyme recognition sites, URA3 : yeast selection marker, ccd B: bacterial suicide gene, SLiCE: Seamless ligation cloning extract cloning method, HiFi: NEBuilder HiFi DNA assembly method, Gibson: Gibson DNA assembly method. TAR: cloning based on transformation-associated recombination, PCR: Polymerase chain reaction, ASX: Plant X-tender expression vector.
Article Snippet: Assembly reaction contained 50–500 ng of linear vector, an appropriate amount of insert DNA in a 1: 2 to 1: 10 vector to insert molar ratio and 2x NEBuilder HiFi or Gibson DNA Assembly Master Mix.
Techniques: Clone Assay, Expressing, Amplification, Plasmid Preparation, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Construct, Selection, Marker, Confocal Microscopy, Fluorescence, Sequencing, Ligation, Transformation Assay