Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence

T. Mitiouchkina, A.S. Mishin, L. Gonzalez Somermeyer, N.M. Markina, T.V. Chepurnyh, E.B. Guglya, T.A. Karataeva, K.A. Palkina, E.S. Shakhova, L.I. Fakhranurova, S.V. Chekova, A.S. Tsarkova, Y.V. Golubev, V.V. Negrebetsky, S.A. Dolgushin, P.V. Shalaev, D. Shlykov, O.A. Melnik, V.O. Shipunova, S.M. Deyev, A.I. Bubyrev, A.S. Pushin, V.V. Choob, S.V. Dolgov, F. Kondrashov, I.V. Yampolsky, K.S. Sarkisyan, Nature Biotechnology 38 (2020) 944–946.

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Mitiouchkina, Tatiana; Mishin, Alexander S.; Gonzalez Somermeyer, LouisaIST Austria ; Markina, Nadezhda M.; Chepurnyh, Tatiana V.; Guglya, Elena B.; Karataeva, Tatiana A.; Palkina, Kseniia A.; Shakhova, Ekaterina S.; Fakhranurova, Liliia I.; Chekova, Sofia V.; Tsarkova, Aleksandra S.
Autoluminescent plants engineered to express a bacterial bioluminescence gene cluster in plastids have not been widely adopted because of low light output. We engineered tobacco plants with a fungal bioluminescence system that converts caffeic acid (present in all plants) into luciferin and report self-sustained luminescence that is visible to the naked eye. Our findings could underpin development of a suite of imaging tools for plants.
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This study was designed, performed and funded by Planta LLC. We thank K. Wood for assisting in manuscript development. Planta acknowledges support from the Skolkovo Innovation Centre. We thank D. Bolotin and the Milaboratory ( for access to computing and storage infrastructure. We thank S. Shakhov for providing photography equipment. The Synthetic Biology Group is funded by the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences (UKRI MC-A658-5QEA0, K.S.S.). K.S.S. is supported by an Imperial College Research Fellowship. Experiments were partially carried out using equipment provided by the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences Сore Facility (CKP IBCH; supported by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science Grant RFMEFI62117X0018). The F.A.K. lab is supported by ERC grant agreement 771209—CharFL. This project received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement 665385. K.S.S. acknowledges support by President’s Grant 075-15-2019-411. Design and assembly of some of the plasmids was supported by Russian Science Foundation grant 19-74-10102. Imaging experiments were partially supported by Russian Science Foundation grant 17-14-01169p. LC-MS/MS analyses of extracts were supported by Russian Science Foundation grant 16-14-00052p. Design and assembly of plasmids was partially supported by grant 075-15-2019-1789 from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation allocated to the Center for Precision Genome Editing and Genetic Technologies for Biomedicine. The authors would like to acknowledge the work of Genomics Core Facility of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, which performed the sequencing and bioinformatic analysis.

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Mitiouchkina T, Mishin AS, Gonzalez Somermeyer L, et al. Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence. Nature Biotechnology. 2020;38:944-946. doi:10.1038/s41587-020-0500-9
Mitiouchkina, T., Mishin, A. S., Gonzalez Somermeyer, L., Markina, N. M., Chepurnyh, T. V., Guglya, E. B., … Sarkisyan, K. S. (2020). Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence. Nature Biotechnology. Springer Nature.
Mitiouchkina, Tatiana, Alexander S. Mishin, Louisa Gonzalez Somermeyer, Nadezhda M. Markina, Tatiana V. Chepurnyh, Elena B. Guglya, Tatiana A. Karataeva, et al. “Plants with Genetically Encoded Autoluminescence.” Nature Biotechnology. Springer Nature, 2020.
T. Mitiouchkina et al., “Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence,” Nature Biotechnology, vol. 38. Springer Nature, pp. 944–946, 2020.
Mitiouchkina T, Mishin AS, Gonzalez Somermeyer L, Markina NM, Chepurnyh TV, Guglya EB, Karataeva TA, Palkina KA, Shakhova ES, Fakhranurova LI, Chekova SV, Tsarkova AS, Golubev YV, Negrebetsky VV, Dolgushin SA, Shalaev PV, Shlykov D, Melnik OA, Shipunova VO, Deyev SM, Bubyrev AI, Pushin AS, Choob VV, Dolgov SV, Kondrashov F, Yampolsky IV, Sarkisyan KS. 2020. Plants with genetically encoded autoluminescence. Nature Biotechnology. 38, 944–946.
Mitiouchkina, Tatiana, et al. “Plants with Genetically Encoded Autoluminescence.” Nature Biotechnology, vol. 38, Springer Nature, 2020, pp. 944–46, doi:10.1038/s41587-020-0500-9.
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