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Modified Organism
MON-87427-7 × MON-8746Ø-4 - Drought-tolerant maize with tissue-specific herbicide tolerance
Record information and status
Record ID
116256
Status
Published
Date of creation
2021-08-25 14:14 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2021-08-25 14:14 UTC (austein.mcloughlin@cbd.int)

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LMO name
Drought-tolerant maize with tissue-specific herbicide tolerance
Transformation event
MON 87427 × MON 87460
Unique identifier
MON-87427-7 × MON-8746Ø-4
Developer(s)
Bayer CropScience
Bayer CropScience Deutschland GmbH
Bayer CropScience AG
Alfred-Nobel-Str. 50
40789 Monheim am Rhein
Monheim am Rhein
Germany, 40789
Phone:+49 21 73 - 38-0
Url:Bayer CropScience
Description
The maize (Zea mays) was modified for tissue-specific herbicide tolerance and drought tolerance through cross breeding of modified parental lines. For glyphosate tolerance, the maize expresses Agrobacterium tumefaciens 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (cp4-epsps), which is a bacterial variant of the endogenous gene involved in the biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids (shikimate pathway). The bacterial protein does not bind the herbicide with high affinity and thus allows for the continued biosynthesis of essential aromatic amino acids. Due to the combination of promoter and intron genetic elements (see 'Notes regarding the specific genetic elements' below), cp4-epsps is expressed in vegetative and female-specific tissues, thus allowing for glyphosate-treated maize to serve as the female parent during the production of hybrid seed. For drought tolerance, the maize expresses Bacillus subtilis cold shock protein, which binds RNA and maintains cellular functions under water-limited conditions (improvement of natural abiotic stress responses, also to cold stress). The maize also contains an Escherichia coli neomycin phosphotransferase II cassette, which allowed for kanamycin selection during transformation of a parental line.
Recipient Organism or Parental Organisms
The term Recipient organism refers to an organism (either already modified or non-modified) that was subjected to genetic modification, whereas Parental organisms refers to those that were involved in cross breeding or cell fusion.
Zea mays - Maize, Corn, MAIZE
MON-87427-7 - Maize modified for tissue selective glyphosate tolerance
Resistance to herbicides - Glyphosate
Show detection method(s)
MON-8746Ø-4 - Droughtgard™ Maize
Resistance to antibiotics - Kanamycin Tolerance to abiotic stress - Cold / Heat, Drought
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Characteristics of the transformation process
Vector
PV-ZMAP1043; PV-ZMAP595
Techniques used for the modification
  • Cross breeding
Genetic elements construct
 
CaMV Enhanced 35S promoter
0.62 Kb
 
 
Hsp70 intron
0.80 Kb
 
 
Chloroplast transit peptide 2
0.23 Kb
 
 
5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase gene
1.37 Kb
 
 
Nopaline Synthase Gene Terminator
0.25 Kb
 
 
Ti plasmid left border repeat
0.36 Kb
 
 
Rice actin 1 gene promoter
0.92 Kb
 
 
Rice actin 1, intron
0.48 Kb
 
 
Cold shock protein gene
0.20 Kb
 
 
Transcript 7 gene 3' untranslated region
0.51 Kb
 
 
loxP recombination site
0.03 Kb
 
 
CaMV 35S promoter
0.29 Kb
 
 
Neomycin Phosphotransferase II
0.79 Kb
 
 
Nopaline Synthase Gene Terminator
0.25 Kb
 
 
loxP recombination site
0.03 Kb
 
 
Ti plasmid right border repeat
0.44 Kb
 
Further details
Notes regarding the genetic elements introduced or modified in this LMO
DNA insert from MON87427 PV-ZMAP1043
Transcription of 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase (cp4-epsps) from Agrobacterium tumefaciens commences from the Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) enhanced 35S promoter and ends at the A. tumefaciens nopaline synthase (nos) gene terminator. The transcript contains a Zea mays heat shock protein 70 (hsp70) intron, Arabidopsis thaliana N-terminal chloroplast transit peptide sequence, and cp4-epsps.  The CaMV enhanced 35S promoter-hsp70 combination promotes gene expression in female and vegetative tissues, but not in male reproductive tissues (pollen microspores and tapetum).

Note:
- Southern blot analyses indicate that a single copy of the T-DNA was inserted at a single site in the parental maize genome and no plasmid vector backbone sequences were detected to have been integrated. DNA sequencing analyses further indicated that the expected T-DNA sequences were integrated.
-The cp4-epsps coding sequence is the codon optimized coding sequence of the aroA gene from Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4 encoding CP4 EPSPS.


DNA insert from MON87460 vector PV-ZMAP595
The T-DNA insert contains the following gene cassettes: Bacillius subtillus cold shock protein (cspB) and Escherichia coli neomycin phosphotransferase II (nptII). 

Transcription of cspB is under control of the Oryza sativa actin 1 promoter and Agrobacterium tumefaciens transcript 7 gene 3' untranslated region. The transcript initially contains an O. sativa actin 1 intron for enhanced gene expression of cspB. The sequence is removed (spliced) prior to protein translation. Constitutive expression of cspB is expected due to the actin promoter.

Transcription of nptII is under control of the Cauliflower mosaic virus (CaMV) 35S promoter and A. tumefaciens nopaline synthase terminator. High levels of transcription are expected due to the CaMV promoter.

Note:
- The coding sequence of cspB has been codon optimized for optimal expression within plant cells.
- Southern blot analysis indicated that no vector backbone sequences were inserted into the parental genome
- Southern blot analysis indicated that the parental genome contains a single insertion
- Sequencing analyses confirm the Southern blot analyses.
- A 22 base pair deletion of genomic DNA at the insert-to-plant DNA junction occurred.
- loxP sites can be found in the parental genome and could potentially allow for the excision of the nptII cassette by CRE recombinase.


For more information, kindly refer to the parental LMO records.
LMO characteristics
Modified traits
  • Selectable marker genes and reporter genes
Common use(s)
  • Food
  • Feed
Additional Information
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