Mannose-Based Selection with Phosphomannose-Isomerase (PMI) Gene as a Positive Selectable Marker for Rice Genetic Transformation

  • Published : 2008.12.31


A positive selectable marker system was adapted for transformation of mature embryo-derived calli of Indica rice (Oryza sativa L.) utilizing the PMI gene encoding for phosphomannose-isomerase that converts mannose-6-phosphate to fructose-6-phosphate. The transformed cells grew on medium supplemented with 3% mannose as carbon source and calli were selected on media containing various concentrations of mannose. Molecular analyses showed that the transformed plants contained the PMI gene. The results indicate that the mannose selection system can be used for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of mature embryo in rice to substitute the use of conventional selectable markers in genetic transformation.