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  1. Metabolism and Nutrition2012Genetically Modified Organisms(GMOs)สิ่งมีชีวิตดัดแปลง(แต่ง)พันธุ์ (จีเอ็มโอ) (Prof. Dr. JerapanKrungkrai) (1999 data)

  2. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)(จีเอ็มโอ) • Objectives:After this topic, the students should be able to: • 1. Describe GMOs and examples of GMOs in our daily life. • 2. Describe construction of GMOs using geneticengineering techniques. • 3. Discuss safety and regulation of GMOs (environment and public health). • 4. Describe detection and identification of GMO products. • Contents: • 1. Definition of GMOs and examples of GMOs. • 2. Construction of GMOs using genecticengineering. • 3. Safety of GMOs in view of environment and public health aspects. • 4. Regulation of GMOs by labeling and/or percentage of GMOs in food products. • 5. Detection techniques and identification of GMO products. • 6. Future trends of GMOs. Teaching methods:1-1.5 h lecture with power-points and hand-out sheets provided with genetic engineering introduction. Evaluations: 6 MCQs with 5 choices (including genetic engineering introduction)ใ References:lists in the provided hand-out power-point sheets.

  3. 1. What are GMOs? • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are living organisms created through genetic engineering. This has been described earlier. • Scientists transplant the genes of one species into another species to try to transfer "desirable" characteristics.

  4. 1.1. Here, we concern only plant GMOs or GM crops • Plants containing stably-integrated exogenous DNA encoding: • Herbicide resistance • Insect resistance • Reporter • Others • Created using modern molecular biology techniques rather than traditional selective breeding • Biolistic particle bombardment (gene gun) • Agrobacterium tumefaciens transformation

  5. 1.2. Modification Objectives Pestresistance - Bacterial resistance - Fungal resistance - Insect resistance - Nematode resistance - Viral resistance Agronomic trait - Drought resistance - Herbicide or salt tolerance - Nitrate reduction - Temperature resistance

  6. e.g. Agrobacterium tumefaciens nopalin synthase terminator (t-NOS) • or t-35S e.g. Cauliflower Mosaic Virus promoter (CaMV 35S; p-35S) 1.3. Structure of a GMO Promoter Terminator Coding region • The CaMV 35S promoter is a strong constitutive (not regulated) promoter used to drive expression of foreign genes in plants • Almost all transgenic plants approved for agricultural use rely on the CaMV 35S promoter (p-35S)

  7. 1.4. Examples of GMOs Pat = phosphinotricin (P=herbicide, glyfosinate)-N- acetyltransferase (= Bar, bialaphos resistance). Epsps = 5-enolpyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase  for aromatic amino acids synthesis; Herbicide Roundup = glyphosate inhibit s epsps enzyme.

  8. 1.4. Examples of GMOs (cont’) • More GMOs: • tomato (ripening slower), • potato(insect resistance), • corn (male sterility), • squash (virus resistance), melon (virus resistance), • papaya (virus resistance), • rape seed or canola (high level of lauric acid), • tobacco (herbicide tolerance), • ……………...

  9. 1.5. GM crops: History • 1983 Plant Genetic Engineering Technology • 1990 Recombinant chymosin (from fungus Aspergillus niger of bovine gene) replaces rennet (from bovine intestine) enzyme used in cheese production, • US FDA approved. • 1994 Flavr Savr tomato approved in USA • 1995 Genetically modified soybeans introduced on the market • 1997 20 GM crops approved in US • 1999 Golden Rice developed • The first genetically improved crop was the Flavr Savr™ tomato (Calgene company) which was approved in 1994, USA. Polygalacturonase << (reverse 3’5’) Golden riceadds 3 enzymes for beta carotene synthesis from geranyl geranyl diphosphate = phytoene synthase, phytoene desaturase, lycopene beta-cyclase.

  10. 1.6. GM crops: area production In 2009, 135 million hectares of GM crops planted in 25 countries. And ~ 63% of maize crop are GM.?? (Data 1999) (100 ha = 1 km2)

  11. 2. GMO construction 2.1. Plant Transformation Systems: • Monocot plants are usually transformed using a biolistic particle bombardment or “gene gun” • Dicot plants are usually transformed using Agrobacterium tumefaciens • Both systems require a mechanism for selection of transformants and a plant promoter to drive heterologous gene expression

  12. 2.1.1. Gene gun technique

  13. 2.1.2. Agrobacteria transformation technique • Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a naturally occuring bacteria that infects dicot plants producing Crown gall disease • DNA sequences from the agrobacteria are integrated into the plant genome • Scientists have placed foreign DNA into the agrobacteria for selection and expression of the foreign genes

  14. 2.2. Selection using marker • An antibiotic resistance gene (usually kanamycin resistance) is inserted into the T-DNA plasmid • Plant tissue grown in the presence of kanamycin will not grow due to loss of chloroplast functions • Transformed tissue can be grown into an adult plant

  15. 3. Genetically Modified Crops: Example • Numerous crop plants have been genetically engineered for tolerance to the herbicide Roundup • An insecticidal protein from Bacillus thuringiensis has been cloned and expressed in corn, soybean, and cotton plants, namely Btcrops • B. thuringiensis is a bacteria that naturally produces proteins toxic to certain insects (B.t. toxin= CrylA endotoxin)) • B.t. toxin produces channels in the membranes of the gut in insects • B.t. toxin is not harmful to animals or humans

  16. B.t. Toxin comments & B.t. cotton • Are B.t. crops protected from insect pests? • Do B.t. crops increase production yields? • Do farmers use less insecticides with B.t. crops? • Are B.t. crops harmful to insects not considered pests (butterfly)? • Do insects become resistant to B.t. toxin? • Are B.t. crops harmful to the environment and biodiversity?

  17. 4. Environmental and public health safety issues of the introduced genes in GM crops • 1. Potential gene flow to other organisms: bacteria, plants, mammals • 2. Destruction of agricultural diversity • 3. Allergenicity & toxicity • 4. Antibiotic resistance • 5. Gastrointestinal problems/nutritional changes/anti-nutrient effect

  18. 5. Questions About GM Foods • How are plants genetically engineered? • What foreign DNA sequences are used in genetic engineering and why? • How are crop plants modified and why? • What are the safety, social, ethical, and environmental issues of GM foods? • How are GM foods regulated (US and worldwide)?

  19. 6. Labeling of GM Food Products • Should products derived from GM crops be labeled as such? • What tests are currently used to detect GM ingredients in food products? • What is an acceptable level of GM ingredients in food products? • What is the current labeling policy (US and worldwide)?

  20. Labeling Regulations • USA -GMOs must be labeled. • Switzerland • Establishes 1% threshold for labeling effective July 1, 1999 • European Union • EC/1139/1998 requires labeling of foods containing GM ingredients, especially soy and maize • EC/49/2000 establishes 1% labeling thresholds • EC/1829/2003 establishes 0.9% labeling thresholds for authorized GMOs and 0.5% for non-authorized GMOs in EC • EC/1830/2003 requires traceability and labeling of GMOs throughout the entire food and feed chain • Japan • Establishes 5% labeling threshold on April 1, 2000 based upon major ingredients containing GMO and enforcement effective April 1, 2001

  21. 7. GMOs Detections/Tests/Assays 7.1. Principle of detection of GMOs in foods • Protein detection: Immunoassay • DNA detection: Conventional and Real-Time PCR GM products contain an additional trait encoded by an introduced gene(s), which generally produce an additional protein(s) that confers the trait of interest. Kanamycin Marker (npt II) CaMV 35S Promoter NOS Terminator Coding region (npt II= neomycin phosphotransferase)

  22. 7.2. GMOs Immunoassay • Fast and inexpensive (dipsticks) • Antibodies detect expressed protein • Qualitative, not quantitative • Only detects gene products expressed in test material (tissue-specific expression) • Sensitivity and specificity dependent upon antibody • Protein degradation during sample extraction can limit detection • Negative result does not indicate absence of transgene (false negative result)

  23. Solid phase immunoassay: 1) a competitive assay in which the detector and analyte compete to bind with capture antibodies, 2) a two-site (double antibody sandwich) assay in which the analyte is sandwiched between the capture antibody and the detector antibody. Lateral Flow strip

  24. 7.3. GMOs conventional PCR • Semi-quantitative endpoint analysis • Target present in all tissues • Potential for carry-over contamination • Sensitivity dependent upon detection method • Gel electrophoresis-based analysis • Labor-intensive, especially competitive PCR • Low throughput • Negative result does not indicate absence of transgene (false negative result) PCR Primers: p-35S or t-NOS

  25. 7.4. GMOs Real-Time PCR using Taqman Probes • Quantitative results • Greater specificity provided by TaqMan probe • No carry-over contamination • Integrated and automated amplification, detection, data collection and analysis • Gel-free analysis • High throughput, 96- and 384-well formats • Prevention of false negative result

  26. Screening Assay Promoter Coding region Terminator Specific Assay Design of Screening and Specific Real-Time PCR Assays

  27. Sample processing: Types: solid/granule, solid, liquid,viscous liquid 20mg of sample 100ºC 10 minutes Extraction reagent Centrifugation Supernatant for PCR

  28. 7.5. GMOs Reference Standards • Manufactured by the Institute of Reference Materials and Measurements, IRMM (Geel, Belgium) • GMO flour blended with non-GMO flour to obtain specific % GMO content • Soy and Maize reference standards available • Provide quantitation standard and DNA template preparation control

  29. 7.6. GMOs Real-Time PCR/ %GMO detection

  30. Example: 1. Automated Quantitation of Real-Time PCR

  31. 2. Results from GMO positive soy sample (Energy Bar) CaMV 35S amplification plot for Energy Bar sample. Calculated %GM = 11%

  32. 8. GM crop safety evaluation strategies • Protein safety evaluation: In addition to acute toxicity, the other main adverse effects associated with proteins are anti-nutrient effects (e.g. soybean trypsin inhibitors), effects on the immune system (e.g. lectins) and allergenicity (e.g. soybean) • Requirement for animal studies: If the characterization of the food indicates that the available data are insufficient for a thorough safety assessment, animal testing may be deemed necessary.

  33. 9.Thailand and GM crops • 1. Chili • 2. Tomato • 3. Rice (Stunt virus) • 4. Papaya (Ringspot virus, not from Cornell university) • 5. Cotton (Thailand native lines, not from Monsanto company) • 6. Pineapple In Thailand, we concern GM crops and foods since 1993, however, in 1999 there are regulations for the GMOs. “ GM crops productions for commercial- ization are prohibited, only research in laboratory /controlled area can be studied.”

  34. 10. Future Trends of GMOs Up to 2010, more than 48 GM crops will be developed !!! 1. Agronomical quality: slower ripening (banana), herbicide tolerance (wheat, sunflower….), virus and fungus resistance (rice, melon, cucumber…)…… 2. Nutritional quality: richer in starch (potato), high level of amino acids (soy bean), lower level of saturated fats in oil (corn)…… 3. Pharmaceutical quality: higher level of a natural anti- cancer agent (strawberry), producing a vaccine against hepatitis B virus (banana), producing antioxidant agents (Broccoli), synthesizing hemoglobin (tobacco)……. 4. Industrial quality: colored fibers (cotton)…….. 5. Transgenic animals (pigs) expressing plant genes coding for PUFAs.

  35. References 1.Gachet, E. et al. (1998) Trends in Food Science & Technology 9, 380-388. 2. Beachy, R.E. (1999) Science 285, 335. 3. Doerfler, W. et al. (2001) Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 945, 276-288. 4. Ahmed, F.A. (2002) Trends in Biotechnology 20, 215-223. 5. Nap, J.P. et al. (2003) Plant Journal 33, 1-18. 6. Corner, A.J. et al. (2003) Plant Journal 33, 19-46. 7. Taverniers, I. et al. (2004) Biotech International 16, 20-23. 8. Niemann, H. (2004) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101, 7211-7212. 9.Rosi-Marshall, E. et al. (2007) Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104, 16204-16208. 10.Waltz E. (2009) Nature 461, 27-32. 11.Hutchison, W.D. et al. (2010) Science 330, 222-225. 12.Tabashnik, B. (2010) Science 330, 189-190.

  36. Evaluation: MCQs, 6 questions/5 choices Good Luck and Have a Good Examination

  37. Genetic Engineering (Recombinant DNA Technology) Metabolism and Nutrition 2012 • Prof.Dr.Jerapan Krungkrai • Techniques used in GMOs • Cloning of gene • PCR Tobacco histone tagged with green fluorescent protein (GFP) Reference: Alberts, B. et al. (2000) Molecular Biology of the Cell

  38. Basic and Principle of Genetic Engineering 1. Cloning

  39. Gene Clone

  40. Cloning and library

  41. Cloning and expression

  42. Basic requirements for gene cloning • DNA sample containing fragments of gene of interest • (PCR or RT-PCR technique) 2. Vector DNA for transporting the gene into and maintaining them within the host cell. (plasmid, virus etc.) 3. Host cells that allow the vector to enter, replicate and/or express the interested gene into protein. ( bacteria, yeast, plant etc.) -transformation -transfection

  43. Genetic engineering of plants is much easier than that of animals: • There is a natural transformation system for plants (the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens). • Plant tissue can redifferentiate (a transformed piece of leaf may be regenerated to a whole plant). • Plant transformation and regeneration are relatively easy for a variety of plants. Transgenic plants

  44. Ti based Plasmid Virulence region Ti plasmid T-DNA Host specificity region Ti (tumor inducing) plasmid of A. tumefaciens, (greater 200 Kb) - contain T-DNA, 15-30 Kb in size. - T-DNA contain genes responsible for cancerous growth in plant and synthesizing unusual compounds, called opines, that the bacterium use as nutrient. -Vir regioncodes for proteins helping in transferring of T-region

  45. Transfection Methods -Electroporation -Microinjection -Biolistics (particle gene gun, particle bombardment) DNA-coated microscopic particles, called microprojectiles, are fired into the cell using a special gene gun. Microprojectiles, typically 1 micron (m), can penetrate the membrane with minimal damage. : Tungsten particleGold particle * Plant cells has to be prepared as PROTOPLAST

  46. Firing pin Charge Macroprojectile Microprojectiles Target cells Gene Gun * Plant cells has to be prepared as PROTOPLAST