Journal article

Overcoming recalcitrant transformation and gene manipulation in Pucciniomycotina yeasts

Erika P Abbott, Giuseppe Ianiri, Raffaello Castoria, Alexander Idnurm

APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY | SPRINGER | Published : 2013

Abstract

The red yeasts of the Pucciniomycotina have rarely been transformed with DNA molecules. Transformation methods were recently developed for a species of Sporobolomyces, based on selection using uracil auxotrophs and plasmids carrying the wild-type copies of the URA3 and URA5 genes. However, these plasmids were ineffective in the transformation of closely related species. Using the genome-sequenced strain of Rhodotorula graminis as a starting point, the URA3 and URA5 genes were cloned and tested for the transformation ability into different Pucciniomycotina species by biolistic and Agrobacterium-mediated transformations. Transformation success depended on the red yeast species and the origin o..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Joseph Heitman, James Fraser, and the FGSC for providing strains. This research was supported by grants from the United States National Science Foundation (MCB-0920581), the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Scientific Research (PRIN 2008, 2008JKH2MM), and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (joint research project LS-7, within the executive programme of cooperation in the field of science and technology between Italy and USA 2008-2010). G. I. was also supported by a scholarship from the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences, University of Molise, Italy.