Solucel® – a functional genomics approach toward the understanding of plant secondary metabolism

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Our newly developed technology platform - SOLUCEL® - facilitates the discovery of differentially expressed genes in any plant system without pre-existing sequence knowledge. Coupling transcriptomics based on cDNA-AFLP transcript profiling and the high-throughput functional analysis of genes, this method allows overcoming classical problems in the use of plant cell cultures for the production of valuable secondary compounds. So far we have monitored jasmonate-induced changes on the transcript and metabolite profiles of Nicotiana tabacum BY-2 and Catharanthus roseus cell cultures. An inventory of hundreds of genes, regulatory and structural, which are potentially involved in the secondary metabolism has been built. For example more than 50 tobacco BY-2 full-length open reading frames have been isolated in a high-throughput manner. These are now functionally tested applying LC-MS techniques by homologous overexpression and are used for combinatorial biochemistry by heterologous expression in transgenic Hyoscyamus muticus and Catharanthus roseus hairy roots.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2004
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventABIC 2004 AgBiotech goes Europe - Cologne, Germany
Duration: 12 Sep 200415 Sep 2004


ConferenceABIC 2004 AgBiotech goes Europe

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