Use of matrix attachment regions (MARs) to minimize transgene silencing
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- Allen, G.C., Spiker, S. & Thompson, W.F. Plant Mol Biol (2000) 43: 361. doi:10.1023/A:1006424621037
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Matrix attachment regions (MARs) are operationally defined as DNA elements that bind specifically to the nuclear matrix in vitro. It is possible, although unproven, that they also mediate binding of chromatin to the nuclear matrix in vivo and alter the topology of the genome in interphase nuclei. When MARs are positioned on either side of a transgene their presence usually results in higher and more stable expression in transgenic plants or cell lines, most likely by minimizing gene silencing. Our review explores current data and presents several plausible models to explain MAR effects on transgene expression.