Clone-Based Functional Genomics

  • Annick Bleys
  • Mansour Karimi
  • Pierre Hilson
Part of the Methods in Molecular Biology™ book series (MIMB, volume 553)


Annotated genomes have provided a wealth of information about gene structure and gene catalogs in a wide range of species. Taking advantage of these developments, novel techniques have been implemented to investigate systematically diverse aspects of gene and protein functions underpinning biology processes. Here, we review functional genomics applications that require the mass production of cloned sequence repertoires, including ORFeomes and silencing tag collections. We discuss the techniques employed in large-scale cloning projects and we provide an up-to-date overview of the clone resources available for model plant species and of the current applications that may be scaled up for systematic plant gene studies.

Key words

Functional genomics recombinational cloning clone collections ORFeome hairpin RNA artificial microRNA 



This work was supported by the 6th European Integrated Projects AGRON-OMICS (grant no. LSHG-CT-2006-037704). We thank Martine De Cock for help in preparing the manuscript.


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© Humana Press, a part of Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Annick Bleys
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mansour Karimi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pierre Hilson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Plant Systems BiologyFlanders Institute for Biotechnology (VIB)GentBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Molecular GeneticsGhent UniversityGentBelgium

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