Homology-directed repair of a defective glabrous gene in Arabidopsis with Cas9-based gene targeting [Florian Hahn, Marion Eisenhut, Otho Mantegazza, Andreas P.M. Weber, January 5, 2018, BioRxiv] [https://doi.org/10.1101/243675]Overview and take-home messages: Hahn et al. have compared the efficiencies of two different methods that have been previously reported to enhance the frequency of homologous recombination in plants. The paper has focused on testing a viral replicon system with two different enzymes, nuclease and nickase, as well as an in planta gene targeting (IPGT) system in Arabidopsis thaliana. Interestingly, authors have chosen GLABROUS1 (GL1), a regulator of trichome formation, as a visual marker to detect Cas9 activity and therefore homologous recombination. A 10 bp deletion in the coding region of GL1 gene produces plants devoid of trichomes. Out of the two methods in planta gene targeting approach successfully restored trichome formation in less than 0.2% of ~2,500 plants screened, whereas the method based on viral replicon machinery did not manage to restore trichome formation at all. This manuscript is of high quality, experiments are well designed and executed. However, there are some concerns that could be addressed in the next preprint or print version. Below are some feedback and suggestions that we hope will improve the manuscript.
Medicago truncatula Zinc-Iron Permease6 provides zinc to rhizobia-infected nodule cells [Isidro Abreu, Angela Saez, Rosario Castro-Rodriguez, Viviana Escudero, Benjamin Rodriguez-Haas, Marta Senovilla, Camille Laure, Daniel Grolimund, Manuel Tejada-Jimenez, Juan Imperial, Manuel Gonzalez-Guerrero , January 24, 2017 (preprint), September 21, 2017 (in print), BioRxiv & Wiley-Blackwell]