Data from: An efficient virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) system for gene functional studies in Miscanthus
He, Guo et al. (2023), Data from: An efficient virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) system for gene functional studies in Miscanthus, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3n5tb2rnf
Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is a powerful tool for transient gene functional analysis in plants, especially for monocot species (e.g., grasses) that are recalcitrant to transformation. Despite various VIGS systems that have been developed in different plant species, none was previously available for the bioenergy crop Miscanthus. Here we report the establishment of an efficient and robust VIGS system mediated by Tobacco Rattle Virus (TRV) in Miscanthus. We first investigated the impact of various factors that may affect gene silencing efficiency using the Miscanthus sinensis Phytoene Desaturase (MsPDS) gene as a visual indicator of photobleaching. Then, we optimized the TRV-elicited VIGS procedure using an orthogonal experimental design with four factors (sprout size, Agrobacterium concentration, vacuum infiltration time, and co-incubation time) each at three levels. The following led to the highest silencing efficiency (~76%): inoculation of germinating seedlings (1.0-2.0 mm), Agrobacterium tumefaciens culture grown to optical density at 600 nm (OD600) of 0.4, vacuum infiltration for 90 min, and co-incubation for 5 h. The VIGS system established was applicable for both M. sinensis and M. lutarioriparius, with comparable gene silencing efficiency. We verified the efficacy of the VIGS system via the functional characterization of the role of a MYB transcription factor, MsMYB112, in salt stress tolerance. Expression of MsMYB112 was successfully knocked down using the VIGS system, and this led to compromised salt tolerance in the silenced Miscanthus plants. The TRV-based VIGS system established may, therefore, substantially facilitate functional genomic studies in Miscanthus.
The file includes the data required to reproduce analyses reported in the following paper: He et al., An efficient virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) system for gene functional studies in Miscanthus.
The Innovation Fund of Shandong Energy Institute, Award: SEI I202119
National Natural Science Foundation of China, Award: 31970322
The Joint Funds of the National Natural Science Foundation of China, Award: U1432126
The DOE Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, Award: DE-SC0018420
The Innovation Fund of Shandong Energy Institute, Award: SEI I202130