The mosquito dihydrofolate reductase gene functions as a dominant selectable marker in transfected cells

Frank A. Shotkoski, Ann M Fallon

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Abstract

An Aedes albopictus dihydrofolate reductase gene was used to construct two chimeric DNA vectors that functioned as dominant selectable markers in transfected, wild type mosquito cells. Stably transformed clones were recovered after 10-15 days in the presence of selective medium containing 1 μM methotrexate. The transformed clones contained an estimated 100-500 copies of transfected DNA per nucleus. Combined data from Southern blots and in situ hybridization to metaphase chromosomes indicated that transfected DNA was likely integrated into chromosomes both as repeated structures and as randomly integrated single copy molecules, with minimal rearrangement of coding sequences. Transfected DNA was stably maintained under selective conditions, but in some cases was lost when cells were maintained for prolonged periods in the absence of methotrexate. These observations provide a general framework for further development of stable gene transfer systems for mosquito cells in culture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)883-893
Number of pages11
JournalInsect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Volume23
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1993

Keywords

  • Aedes albopictus
  • Gene amplification
  • Gene transfer
  • Methotrexate

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