ScienceAsia 31 (2005): 349-357 |doi: 10.2306/scienceasia1513-1874.2005.31.349
An easy method for generating deletion mutants in
Agrobacterium tumefaciens using a simple
Maneewan Suksomtip and Sumalee Tungpradabkul*
ABSTRACT: We have developed a method to make precise mutations in the A.tumefaciens genome at frequencies
high enough to allow direct identification of mutants by PCR or other screening methods rather than by
selection. This method utilized a novel pUC18-based gene replacement vector that was used as a donor
plasmid carrying the desired mutation in the target cell. Two sites of single-crossover occurred resulting in
efficient replacement of the wild type allele on the chromosome with the modified sequence. The usefulness
of this method was demonstrated by making deletion mutants in citrate synthase genes of A. tumefaciens.
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand.
* Corresponding author, E-mail: email@example.com
Received 10 Feb 2005,
Accepted 1 Jul 2005