Marker-free transgenic rice expressing the vegetative insecticidal protein (Vip) of Bacillus thuringiensis shows broad insecticidal properties

Subrata Pradhan, Anirban Chakraborty, Narattam Sikdar, Saikat Chakraborty, Jagannath Bhattacharyya, Joy Mitra, Anulina Manna, Snehasish Dutta Gupta, Soumitra Kumar Sen

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Main conclusion: Genetically engineered rice lines with broad insecticidal properties against major lepidopteran pests were generated using a synthetic, truncated form of vegetative insecticidal protein (Syn vip3BR) fromBacillus thuringiensis.The selectable marker gene and the redundant transgene(s) were eliminated through Cre/loxmediated recombination and genetic segregation to make consumer friendlyBt-rice. For sustainable resistance against lepidopteran insect pests, chloroplast targeted synthetic version of bioactive core component of a vegetative insecticidal protein (Syn vip3BR) of Bacillus thuringiensis was expressed in rice under the control of green-tissue specific ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase small subunit gene promoter. The transgenic plants (in Oryza sativaindica Swarna cultivar) showed high insect mortality rate in vitro against major rice pests, yellow stem borer (Scirpophaga incertulas), rice leaf folder (Cnaphalocrocis medinalis) and rice horn caterpillar (Melanitis leda ismene) in T1 generation, indicating insecticidal potency of Syn vip3BR. Under field conditions, the T1 plants showed considerable resistance against leaf folders and stem borers. The expression cassette (vip-lox-hpt-lox) as well as another vector with chimeric cre recombinase gene under constitutive rice ubiquitin1 gene promoter was designed for the elimination of selectable marker hygromycin phosphotransferase (hptII) gene. Crossing experiments were performed between T1 plants with single insertion site of vip-lox-hpt-lox T-DNA and one T1 plant with moderate expression of cre recombinase with linked bialaphos resistance (syn bar) gene. Marker gene excision was achieved in hybrids with up to 41.18 % recombination efficiency. Insect resistant transgenic lines, devoid of selectable marker and redundant transgene(s) (hptII + cre-syn bar), were established in subsequent generation through genetic segregation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-804
Number of pages16
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Cre/lox recombination
  • Field assay
  • Green-tissue specific expression
  • Marker free transgenic rice
  • Vegetative insecticidal protein (Vip)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science


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