Transgenic Research

, Volume 14, Issue 5, pp 665–675 | Cite as

Assessment of Nematode Resistance in Wheat Transgenic Plants Expressing Potato Proteinase Inhibitor (PIN2) Gene

  • Dalia Vishnudasan
  • M.N. Tripathi
  • Uma Rao
  • Paramjit Khurana


Serine proteinase inhibitors (IP’s) are proteins found naturally in a wide range of plants with a significant role in the natural defense system of plants against herbivores. The question addressed in the present study involves assessing the ability of the serine proteinase inhibitor in combating nematode infestation. The present study involves engineering a plant serine proteinase inhibitor (pin2) gene into T. durum PDW215 by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation to combat cereal cyst nematode (Heterodera avenae) infestation. Putative T0 transformants were screened and positive segregating lines analysed further for the study of the stable integration, expression and segregation of the genes. PCR, Southern analysis along with bar gene expression studies corroborate the stable integration pattern of the respective genes. The transformation efficiency is 3%, while the frequency of escapes was 35.71%. χ2 analysis reveals the stable integration and segregation of the genes in both the T1 and T2 progeny lines. The PIN2 systemic expression confers satisfactory nematode resistance. The correlation analysis suggests that at p < 0.05 level of significance the relative proteinase inhibitor (PI) values show a direct positive correlation vis-à-vis plant height, plant seed weight and also the seed number.


Agrobacterium-mediated transformation Heterodera avenae potato proteinase inhibitor serine proteinase inhibitor transgenic wheat Triticum durum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dalia Vishnudasan
    • 1
  • M.N. Tripathi
    • 2
  • Uma Rao
    • 2
  • Paramjit Khurana
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plant Molecular BiologyUniversity of Delhi110 021India
  2. 2.Division of NematologyIndian Agricultural Research InstituteNew DelhiIndia

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