Regeneration and transformation system in Mirabilis jalapa

Michele Zaccai, Guixia Jia, Xinlu Chen, Oksana Genis, Danit Feibin, Revital Gesua

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Protocols for in vitro regeneration and production of in vitro-propagated plants and a transformation system were developed for Mirabilis jalapa (Nyctaginaceae). Among the types of explants and the different media tested, consistent shoot regeneration was obtained only from nodal segments grown in a regeneration medium consisting of Murshashige and Skoog medium supplemented with 2 mg l-1 6-benzyladenine, 2 mg l-1 zeatin and 1 mg l-1 indole acetic acid. Regeneration efficiency was dependent on the type of plant - white or pink flowers - used as the source of explants. Stable transformation was obtained following inoculation of nodal segments with Agrobacterium tumefasciens strain EHA105, which harbours the binary plasmid pAD1339 containing both nptII and gus genes under the control of the 35S promoter. Transformation was confirmed by PCR and Southern blot analysis of genomic DNA from mature regenerated plants. β-Glucuronidase (GUS) activity was observed only in tissues regenerated from in vitro-grown plants and not in tissues originating from greenhouse-grown plants. GUS expression was not uniform in regenerated leaves and showed a chimera pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-309
Number of pages6
JournalScientia Horticulturae
Issue number3
StatePublished - 5 Feb 2007


  • Mirabilis jalapa
  • Nodal segments
  • Regeneration
  • Transformation
  • Transgenic plants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Horticulture


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