Russian Journal of Genetics

, Volume 46, Issue 12, pp 1433–1439 | Cite as

Transgenic Belarussian-bred potato plants expressing the genes for antimicrobial peptides of the cecropin-melittin type

  • N. L. Vutto
  • T. A. GapeevaEmail author
  • A. N. Pundik
  • T. G. Tretyakova
  • I. D. Volotovski
Plant Genetics


Binary vectors for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation were constructed to express the genes for antimicrobial peptides (APs) of the cectropin-melittin type under the control of the cauliflower mosaic virus 35S RNA promoter in plants. It was shown with Escherichia coli and Agrobacterium tumefaciens cells that the cassettes could be cloned in pBI121-based vectors with deletion of the β-D-glycuronidase gene only in the orientation opposite to that of the original vector. Transgenic potato plants were obtained using the Belarussian varieties Odyssey, Vetraz, and Scarb. Their cells expressed the MsrA1 or CEMA peptides of the cecropin-melittin type. The expression was shown to confer higher resistance to bacterial (Erwinia carotovora) infection and extremely high resistance to fungal (Phytophtora infestans and Alternarla solani) infections.


Binary Vector Transgenic Potato Plant Stem Explants Timentin Alternaria Solani 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • N. L. Vutto
    • 1
  • T. A. Gapeeva
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. N. Pundik
    • 1
  • T. G. Tretyakova
    • 1
  • I. D. Volotovski
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biophysics and Cell EngineeringNational Academy of Sciences of BelarusMinskBelarus

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