African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12257

Full Length Research Paper

Studies on Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation of embryogenic suspension cultures of sweet potato

Yu-Jun Xing1,2, Qin Ji1*, Qing Yang2, Yu-Ming Luo1, Qiang Li3 and Xin Wang3
1Department of Biology, Huaiyin Teachers College , Huaian , Jiangsu 223300, P.R. China. 2College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing Jiangsu 210095, P.R. China.. 3Sweet Potato Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Xuzhou, Jiangsu 221121, China.
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  •  Accepted: 23 January 2008
  •  Published: 04 March 2008


In this study, genetic transformation of embryogenic suspension cultures of sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) cultivar Xu55-2 was conducted utilizing theAgrobacterium tumefaciens strain EHA105 that contains the binary vector pBIN19/SBD2 with SBD2 (starch binding domain 2) gene and neomycin phosphotransferase (NPT II) gene. The presence of the SBD2 gene in the genomic DNA of transgenic plants was verified by PCR amplification and confirmed by Southern blot analysis. Results suggested that cefotaxime (Cefo), at the concentration of 200 mg/L, was able to effectively suppress the growth ofAgrobacterium after co-cultivation. The optimal concentration for kanamycin (Kan) was 10 mg/L for selecting resistance calli, somatic embryo formation and plant regeneration. The highest frequency of shoot induction (30.9%) was obtained on the MS medium containing 10 mg/L Kan, 200 mg/L Cefo, 1.0 mg/L abscisic acid (ABA) and 1.0 mg/L gibberellic acid (GA3).


Key words: Ipomoea batatasAgrobacterium-mediated transformation, SBD2 gene, embryogenesis.


2,4-D, 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid; ABA, abscisic acid; AS, acetosyringone; Cefo, cefotaxime; GA, gibberellic acid; Kan, kanamycin; MS, Murashige and Skoog; NPT II, neomycin phosphotransferase; PCR, polymerase chain reaction; SBD, starch-binding domain.