Editing of SlWRKY29 by CRISPR-activation promotes somatic embryogenesis in Solanum lycopersicum cv. Micro-Tom



Te invitamos a leer el artículo "Editing of SlWRKY29 by CRISPR-activation promotes somatic embryogenesis in Solanum lycopersicum cv. Micro-Tom" publicado en Plos one, ​a cargo del profesor investigador de la Unidad de Genómica Avanzada del Cinvestav Dr. Stefan de Folter, Profesor Investigador de la UGA-Langebio.

Autores: Eliana Valencia-Lozano / José Luis Cabrera-Ponce / Aarón Barraza / Alberto Cristian López-Calleja / Elsa García-Vázquez / Diana Marcela Rivera-Toro / Stefan de Folter / Raúl Alvarez-Venegas


  1. Unidad Irapuato del Cinvestav

  2. Unidad de Genómica Avanzada (UGA-Langebio) Cinvestav 


Felicitamos al estudiantado y profesorado que contribuyeron en esta investigación por su arduo trabajo.


CAt present, the development of plants with improved traits like superior quality, high yield, or stress resistance, are highly desirable in agriculture. Accelerated crop improvement, however, must capitalize on revolutionary new plant breeding technologies, like genetically modified and gene-edited crops, to heighten food crop traits. Genome editing still faces ineffective methods for the transformation and regeneration of different plant species and must surpass the genotype dependency of the transformation process. Tomato is considered an alternative plant model system to rice and Arabidopsis, and a model organism for fleshy-fruited plants. Furthermore, tomato cultivars like Micro-Tom are excellent models for tomato research due to its short life cycle, small size, and capacity to grow at high density. Therefore, we developed an indirect somatic embryo protocol from cotyledonary tomato explants and used this to generate epigenetically edited tomato plants for the SlWRKY29 gene via CRISPR-activation (CRISPRa). We found that epigenetic reprogramming for SlWRKY29 establishes a transcriptionally permissive chromatin state, as determined by an enrichment of the H3K4me3 mark. A whole transcriptome analysis of CRISPRa-edited pro-embryogenic masses and mature somatic embryos allowed us to characterize the mechanism driving somatic embryo induction in the edited tomato cv. Micro-Tom. Furthermore, we show that enhanced embryo induction and maturation are influenced by the transcriptional effector employed during CRISPRa, as well as by the medium composition and in vitro environmental conditions such as osmotic components, plant growth regulators, and light intensity

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