GAL4-GFP enhancer trap lines for genetic manipulation of lateral root development in Arabidopsis thaliana

Laurent Laplaze, Boris Parizot, Andrew Baker, Lilian Ricaud, Alexandre Martinière, Florence Auguy, Claudine Franche, Laurent Nussaume, Didier Bogusz, Jim Haseloff
2005 Journal of Experimental Botany  
Lateral root development occurs throughout the life of the plant and is responsible for the plasticity of the root system. In Arabidopsis thaliana, lateral root founder cells originate from pericycle cells adjacent to xylem poles. In order to study the mechanisms of lateral root development, a population of Arabidopsis GAL4-GFP enhancer trap lines were screened and two lines were isolated with GAL4 expression in root xylempole pericycle cells (J0121), i.e. in cells competent to become lateral
more » ... to become lateral root founder cells, and in young lateral root primordia (J0192). These two enhancer trap lines are very useful tools with which to study the molecular and cellular bases of lateral root development using targeted gene expression. These lines were used for genetic ablation experiments by targeting the expression of a toxin-encoding gene. Moreover, the molecular bases of the enhancer trap expression pattern were characterized. These results suggest that the lateral-root-specific GAL4 expression pattern in J0192 is due to a strong enhancer in the promoter of the LOB-domain protein gene LBD16.
doi:10.1093/jxb/eri236 pmid:16043452 fatcat:ud22dzn3r5axvgmjfpj2txdlk4