GENE TRANSFER
TECHNIQUES

MANDAWI TRIPATHI
INTRODUCTION
• Gene transfer is to transfer a gene from one DNA molecule to
another DNA molecule.
• The directed desirable...
• Stable transformation occur when DNA is integrated into host
genome and is inherited in subsequent generations.
• The tr...
METHODS OF GENE TRANSFER
DNA transfer by natural methods
• 1. Conjugation
• 2. Bacterial transformation
• 3. Retroviral tr...
DNA TRANSFER BY ARTIFICIAL METHODS
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Physical methods
1. Microinjection
2. Biolistics transformation
Chemic...
CONJUGATION
• Requires the presence of a special plasmid called the F
plasmid.
• Bacteria that have a F plasmid are referr...
• This attached pilus is a temporary cytoplasmic bridge
through which a replicating F plasmid is transferred from
the male...
TRANSFORMATION
• transformation is the direct uptake of exogenous DNA from its
surroundings and taken up through the cell ...
TRANSDUCTION
• Gene transfer from a donor to a recipient by way of a
bacteriophag..
• If the lysogenic cycle is adopted, t...
AGROBACTERIUM MEDIATED
TRANSFER
• Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a soil borne gram negative
bacterium.
• It invades many dic...
THE Ti-PLASMIDS
• A remarkable feature of the Ti plasmid is that, after infection, part of
the molecule is integrated into...
• The vir (virulence) region of the Ti- plasmid contains the
genes required for the T-DNA transfer process.
• The genes in...
• The T-DNA region of any Ti
plasmid is defined by the
presence of the right and the
left border sequences.
• These border...
Ti-Plasmid mediated
transfer of gene into a plant
• The Ti-Plasmid has an innate ability to transmit bacterial DNA
into pl...
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VECTORLESS or DIRECT GENE
TRANSFER
Physical methods
1. Microinjection
2. Biolistics transformation
Chem...
Electroporation
• Electroporation uses electrical pulse to produce transient
pores in the plasma membrane thereby allowing...
• The cells are placed in a solution containing DNA and
subjected to electrical pulse to cause holes in the
membrane.
• Th...
Advantages of Electroporation
• 1. Method is fast.
• 2. Less costly.
• 3. Applied for a number of cell
types.
• 4. Simulta...
Microinjection
The microinjection is the process of transferring the desirable
DNA into the living cell ,through the use o...
Limitations of microinjection
• Costly.
• Skilled personal required.
• More useful for animal cells.
Biolistics or Microprojectiles
• Biolistics or particle bombardment is a physical method that
uses accelerated microprojec...
• The coated beads are then attached to the end of the plastic
bullet and loaded into the firing chamber of the gene gun.
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Liposome mediated gene transfer
• Liposomes are spheres of lipids which can be used to transport
molecules into the cells....
Advantages
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1. Simplicity.
2. Long term stability.
3. Low toxicity.
4. Protection of
nucleic acid from
degradation
Calcium phosphate mediated DNA transfer
• The process of transfection involves the admixture of isolated
DNA (10-100ug) wi...
• Transfection efficiencies is quite low.
Polyethylene glycol mediated transfection
• This method is utilized for protoplast only.
• Polyethylene glycol stimulates ...
SCREENING OF TRANSGENE
• The presence of transgene or gene of interest is detected by
several methods:
• A selectable mark...
APPLICATION
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Clinical gene transfer applications
Vaccine Development
Production of transgenic animals
Trea...
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Jogdand, S.N. (2006). Gene Biotechnology. Himalaya Publishing House. Mumbai, India. 2nd ed., p 237-2...
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  1. 1. GENE TRANSFER TECHNIQUES MANDAWI TRIPATHI
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION • Gene transfer is to transfer a gene from one DNA molecule to another DNA molecule. • The directed desirable gene transfer from one organism to another and the subsequent stable integration & expression of foreign gene into the genome is referred as genetic transformation. • Transient transformation occur when DNA is not integreted into host genome
  3. 3. • Stable transformation occur when DNA is integrated into host genome and is inherited in subsequent generations. • The transferred gene is known as transgene and the organism that develop after a successful gene transfer is known as transgenic.
  4. 4. METHODS OF GENE TRANSFER DNA transfer by natural methods • 1. Conjugation • 2. Bacterial transformation • 3. Retroviral transduction • 4. Agrobacterium mediated transfer
  5. 5. DNA TRANSFER BY ARTIFICIAL METHODS • • • • • • • • Physical methods 1. Microinjection 2. Biolistics transformation Chemical methods 1. DNA transfer by calcium phosphate method 2. Liposome mediated transfer Electrical methods 1. Electroporation
  6. 6. CONJUGATION • Requires the presence of a special plasmid called the F plasmid. • Bacteria that have a F plasmid are referred to as as F+ or male. Those that do not have an F plasmid are F- of female. • The F plasmid consists of 25 genes that mostly code for production of sex pilli. • A conjugation event occurs when the male cell extends his sex pilli and one attaches to the female.
  7. 7. • This attached pilus is a temporary cytoplasmic bridge through which a replicating F plasmid is transferred from the male to the female. • When transfer is complete, the result is two male cells. • When the F+ plasmid is integrated within the bacterial chromosome, the cell is called an Hfr cell (high frequency of recombination cell).
  8. 8. TRANSFORMATION • transformation is the direct uptake of exogenous DNA from its surroundings and taken up through the cell membrane . • Transformation occurs naturally in some species of bacteria, but it can also be effected by artificial treatment in other species. • Cells that have undergone this treatment are said to be competent. • Any DNA that is not integrated into he chromosome will be degraded.
  9. 9. TRANSDUCTION • Gene transfer from a donor to a recipient by way of a bacteriophag.. • If the lysogenic cycle is adopted, the phage chromosome is integrated (by covalent bonds) into the bacterial chromosome, where it can remain dormant for thousands of generation • The lytic cycle leads to the production of new phage particles which are released by lysis of the host.
  10. 10. AGROBACTERIUM MEDIATED TRANSFER • Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a soil borne gram negative bacterium. • It invades many dicot plants when they are injured at the soil level and causes crown gall disease. • The ability to cause crown gall disease is associated with the presence of the Ti (tumour inducing) plasmid within the bacterial cell. • Ti plasmid can be used to transport new genes into plant cells.
  11. 11. THE Ti-PLASMIDS • A remarkable feature of the Ti plasmid is that, after infection, part of the molecule is integrated into the plant chromosomal DNA . • This segment, called the T-DNA, is between 15 and 30 kb in size, depending on the strain. • T-DNA contains eight or so genes that are expressed in the plant cell and are responsible for the cancerous properties of the transformed cells. • These genes also direct synthesis of unusual compounds, called opines, that the bacteria use as nutrient.
  12. 12. • The vir (virulence) region of the Ti- plasmid contains the genes required for the T-DNA transfer process. • The genes in this region encode the DNA processing enzymes required for excision, transfer and integration of the T-DNA segment.
  13. 13. • The T-DNA region of any Ti plasmid is defined by the presence of the right and the left border sequences. • These border sequences are 24 bp imperfect repeats. • Any DNA between the borders will be transferred in to the genome of the plant.
  14. 14. Ti-Plasmid mediated transfer of gene into a plant • The Ti-Plasmid has an innate ability to transmit bacterial DNA into plant cells. • The gene of a donor organism can be introduced into the Ti plasmid at the T-DNA region • This plasmid now becomes a recombinant plasmid. • By Agrobacterium infection, the donor genes can transferred from the recombinant Ti- Plasmid and integrated into the genotype of the host plant.
  15. 15. • • • • • • • • • VECTORLESS or DIRECT GENE TRANSFER Physical methods 1. Microinjection 2. Biolistics transformation Chemical methods 1. DNA transfer by calcium phosphate method 2. Liposome mediated transfer 3. Transfer of DNA by use of polyethene glycol Electrical methods 1. Electroporation
  16. 16. Electroporation • Electroporation uses electrical pulse to produce transient pores in the plasma membrane thereby allowing DNA into the cells. • These pores are known as electropores. •
  17. 17. • The cells are placed in a solution containing DNA and subjected to electrical pulse to cause holes in the membrane. • The foreign DNA fragments enter through holes into the cytoplasm and then to nucleus.
  18. 18. Advantages of Electroporation • 1. Method is fast. • 2. Less costly. • 3. Applied for a number of cell types. • 4. Simultaneously a large number of cell can be treated. • 5. High percentage of stable transformants can be produced
  19. 19. Microinjection The microinjection is the process of transferring the desirable DNA into the living cell ,through the use of glass micropipette . Glass micropipette is usually of 0.5 to 5 micrometer, easily penetrates into the cell membrane and nuclear envelope. The desired gene is then injected into the sub cellular compartment and needle is removed
  20. 20. Limitations of microinjection • Costly. • Skilled personal required. • More useful for animal cells.
  21. 21. Biolistics or Microprojectiles • Biolistics or particle bombardment is a physical method that uses accelerated microprojectiles to deliver DNA or other molecules into intact tissues and cells. • The gene gun is a device that literally fires DNA into target cells . • The DNA to be transformed into the cells is coated onto microscopic beads made of either gold or tungsten.
  22. 22. • The coated beads are then attached to the end of the plastic bullet and loaded into the firing chamber of the gene gun. • An explosive force fires the bullet with DNA coated beads towards the target cells that lie just beyond the end of the barrel. • Some of the beads pass through the cell wall into the cytoplasm of the target cells
  23. 23. Liposome mediated gene transfer • Liposomes are spheres of lipids which can be used to transport molecules into the cells. • These are artificial vesicles that can act as delivery agents for exogenous materials including transgenes. • Promote transport after fusing with the cell membrane. • Cationic lipids are those having a positive charge are used for the transfer of nucleic acid.
  24. 24. Advantages • • • • 1. Simplicity. 2. Long term stability. 3. Low toxicity. 4. Protection of nucleic acid from degradation
  25. 25. Calcium phosphate mediated DNA transfer • The process of transfection involves the admixture of isolated DNA (10-100ug) with solution of calcium chloride and potassium phosphate so precipitate of calcium phosphate to be formed. • Cells are then incubated with precipitated DNA either in solution or in tissue culture dish. • A fraction of cells will take up the calcium phosphate DNA precipitate by endocytosis.
  26. 26. • Transfection efficiencies is quite low.
  27. 27. Polyethylene glycol mediated transfection • This method is utilized for protoplast only. • Polyethylene glycol stimulates endocytosis and therefore DNA uptake occurs. • Protoplasts are kept in the solution containing polyethylene glycol (PEG). • After transfer of DNA to the protoplast in presence of PEG and other chemicals, PEG is allowed to get removed
  28. 28. SCREENING OF TRANSGENE • The presence of transgene or gene of interest is detected by several methods: • A selectable marker gene • Southern blot techniques • Northern bolt technique • Western blot technique
  29. 29. APPLICATION • • • • • • • • Clinical gene transfer applications Vaccine Development Production of transgenic animals Treatment of Cancer, AIDS Gene Discovery Gene Therapy Enhancing the resistance of plants GMO
  30. 30. REFERENCES • • • • • • • • • • • • • Sukharev, S.I., Klenchin, V.A., Serov, S.M., Chernomordik, L.V. & Chizmadzhev, Y.A. (1992). Electroporation and electrophoretic DNA transfer into cells. The effect of DNA interaction with electropores. Biophys. J., 63 (5): 1320-1327. [2] Chu, G., Hayakawa, H. & Berg, P. (1987). Electroporation for the efficient transfection of mammalian cells with DNA. Nucleic Acids Res., 15 (3): 1311-1326. [3] Akamatsu, W., Okano, H.J., Osumi, N., Inoue, T., Nakamura, S., Sakakibara, S.I., Miura, M., Matsuo, N., Darnell, R.B. & Okano, H. (1999). Mammalian ELAV-like neuronal RNAbinding proteins HuB and HuC promote neuronal development in both the central and the peripheral nervous systems. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA., 96 (17): 9885-9890. [4] Osumi, N. & Inoue, T. (2001). Gene transfer into cultured mammalian embryos by electroporation. Methods., 24 Antoni Ivorra, Boris Rubinsky. "Gels with predetermined conductivity used in electroporation of tissue USPTO Application #: 20080214986 - Class: 604 21 (USPTO)". Jump upJump up^ Sugar, I.P.; Neumann, E. (1984). "Stochastic model for electric field-induced membrane pores electroporation". Biophysical Chemistry 19 (3): 211–25. doi:10.1016/0301-4622(84)87003-9. PMID 6722274. ^ Alberts, Bruce; et al. (2002). Molecular Biology of the Cell. New York: Garland Science. p. G:35. ISBN 978-0-81
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