The regulative sequence (2273 bp) of the chalcone synthase gene promoter of biloba was cloned by genomic walking. A 2273-bp promoter 5' upstream translation start site of GbCHS was cloned and designated as GbCHSP. pBI121+CHSP:GUS and pBI121-35S:GUS were constructed and transformed into tobacco by LBA4404. We found that GbCHSP could drive transient expression of GUS in tobacco and differentially expressed in root, stem and leaf tissues of this plant.
Histochemical analysis of transgenic tobacco plants harboring the promoter of the Arabidopsis extensin gene atExt1 fused to the β-glucuronidase gene coding sequence demonstrated expression of the transgene in stem tissues. The transgene was expressed in cells of the internal and external phloem at the nodal and internodal regions of the older parts of mature stems. In younger parts of the same stem, expression of the transgene was slightly modified: expression was detected in the internal phloem in the internodal areas.