A systematic analysis of T-DNA insertion events in Magnaporthe oryzae

Yan Meng, Gayatri Patel, Melanie Heist, Melania F. Betts, Sara L. Tucker, Natalia Galadima, Nicole M. Donofrio, Doug Brown, Thomas K. Mitchell, Lei Li, Jin Rong Xu, Marc Orbach, Michael Thon, Ralph A. Dean, Mark L. Farman

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We describe here the analysis of random T-DNA insertions that were generated as part of a large-scale insertional mutagenesis project for Magnaporthe oryzae. Chromosomal regions flanking T-DNA insertions were rescued by inverse PCR, sequenced and used to search the M. oryzae genome assembly. Among the 175 insertions for which at least one flank was rescued, 137 had integrated in single-copy regions of the genome, 17 were in repeated sequences, one had no match to the genome, and the remainder were unassigned due to illegitimate T-DNA integration events. These included in order of abundance: head-to-tail tandem insertions, right border excision failures, left border excision failures and insertion of one T-DNA into another. The left borders of the T-DNA were frequently truncated and inserted in sequences with micro-homology to the left terminus. By contrast the right borders were less prone to degradation and appeared to have been integrated in a homology-independent manner. Gross genome rearrangements rarely occurred when the T-DNAs integrated in single-copy regions, although most insertions did cause small deletions at the target site. Significant insertion bias was detected, with promoters receiving two times more T-DNA hits than expected, and open reading frames receiving three times fewer. In addition, we found that the distribution of T-DNA inserts among the M. oryzae chromosomes was not random. The implications of these findings with regard to saturation mutagenesis of the M. oryzae genome are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1050-1064
Number of pages15
JournalFungal Genetics and Biology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
M.F. acknowledge the technical assistance of David Thornbury. This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation Plant Genome Program (DBI #0115642) and the USDA-CREES (2001-34457-10343). This manuscript is Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station publication number 07-12-048) and is published with the permission of the director.


  • Agrobacterium-mediated transformation
  • Insertional mutagenesis
  • Inverse PCR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Genetics


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