Virus-induced Gene Silencing as Tool for Functional Genomics in a Glycine max

  • Jeong, Rae-Dong (Department of Agricultural Biotechnology and Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding Research, Seoul National University) ;
  • Hwang, Sung-Hyun (Department of Agricultural Biotechnology and Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding Research, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kang, Sung-Hwan (Department of Agricultural Biotechnology and Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding Research, Seoul National University) ;
  • Choi, Hong-Soo (Plant Pathology Div., National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, RDA) ;
  • Park, Jin-Woo (Plant Pathology Div., National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, RDA) ;
  • Kim, Kook-Hyung (Department of Agricultural Biotechnology and Center for Plant Molecular Genetics and Breeding Research, Seoul National University)
  • Published : 2005.01.01


Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a recently developed gene transcript suppression technique for characterizing the function of plant genes. However, efficient VIGS has only been studied in a few plant species. In order to extend the application of VIGS, we examined whether a VIGS vector based on TRV would produce recognizable phenotypes in soybean. Here, we report that VIGS using the Tobacco rattle virus (TRV) viral vector can be used in several soybean cultivars employing various agro-inoculation methods including leaf infiltration, spray inoculation, and agrodrench. cDNA fragments of the soybean phytoene desaturase(PDS) was inserted into TRV RNA-2 vector. By agrodrench, we successfully silenced the expression of PDS encoding gene in soybean. The silenced phenotype of PDS was invariably obvious 3 weeks after inoculation with the TRV-based vector. Real-time RT-PCR analyses showed that the endogenous level of GmPDS transcripts was dramatically reduced in the silenced leaf tissues. These observations confirm that the silenced phenotype is closely correlated with the pattern of tissue expression. The TRV-based VIGS using agrodrench can be applied to functional genomics in a soybean plants to study genes involved in a wide range of biological processes. To our knowledge, this is the first high frequency VIGS method in soybean plants.


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