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Dr. George Allen - Publications

Book Chapters

G. C. Allen. 2009. The Role of Nuclear Matrix Attachment Regions (MARs) in Plants In Functional Organization of the Plant Nucleus. I. Meier (ed). Plant Cell Monographs, Springer-Verlag Publishing Ltd, Heidelberg, Germany. 14: 101-130

Thompson, W.F., G. C. Allen and S. Spiker. 2007.Matrix Attachment Regions In Regulation of Transcription in Plants. K.D. Grasser (ed). Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. 29: 136-161

Kumar, S., M. Franco, and G. C. Allen. 2006.Gene targeting: Development of Novel Systems for Genome Engineering in Plants. In: Floriculture, Ornamental and Plant Biotechnology: Advances and Topical Issues. Chapter 8, pp. 84-98. J. A. Teixeira da Silva (ed). Global Science Books, London, UK 2006 Global Science - Samples - Volume4sample.pdf

Allen, G. C., S. Spiker and W.F. Thompson. 2005. The Use of Matrix Attachment Regions for Improved Transformation and Expression of Transgenes. In: Methods in Molecular Biology: Transgenic Plants vol. 286, pp. 313-326. L. Peña (ed) Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ.

Allen, G.C. 2004. Transgenes: Expression and Silencing of. In: Encyclopedia of Plant & Crop Science. DOI: 10.1081/E-EPCS 120010462. R.M. Goodman (ed) Marcel Dekker Press, New York, NY pp. 1242-1244


Petracek, M. E., L. F. Dickey, T-T. Nguyen, G. C. Allen, D. A. Sowinski, E. R. Hansen, and W. F. Thompson. 1996. Post-transcriptional regulation by light. In: W.R. Briggs, R.L. Heath, and E.M. Tobin, (eds), Regulation of Plant Growth and Development by Light. Current Topics in Plant Physiology: An American Society of Plant Physiologists Series. (Proceedings of 18th Annual Riverside Symposium in Plant Physiology). Riverside, California. ASPP Publications. Vol. 17: pp. 80-88.

Thompson, W. F. , G. C. Allen, G. E. Hall, Jr., and S Spiker. 1995. Matrix attachment regions and transgene expression. In P. Gustafson and R.B. Flavell, (eds) Genomes of Plants and Animals (Proceedings of the 21st Stadler Genetics Symposium). New York, Plenum Press, pp. 243-269.

Thompson, W. F., G. C. Allen, G. E. Hall, Jr., S. Michalowski, W. Newman, S. Spiker, and A. Weissinger. 1995. A matrix attachment region from tobacco greatly increases transgene expression in plant cells. In (F. Oono and F. Takaiwa, (ed) Modification of Gene Expression and Non-Mendelian Inheritance: Proceedings of the US-Japanese joint meeting. Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. pp. 281-295.


Journal Publications (Peer-Reviewed)


Lee, T-J., P. E. Pascuzzi, S. B. Settlage, R. W. Shultz, M. Tanurdzic, P. D. Rabinowicz , M. Menges, P. Zheng, D. Main, J. A. H. Murray, B. Sosinski, G. C. Allen, R. A. Martienssen, L. Hanley-Bowdoin, M. W. Vaughn, and W. F. Thompson. 2010. Arabidopsis chromosome 4 replicates in two phases that correlate with chromatin state. PLOS Genetics. 6: e1000982


Shultz, R. W. , T-J Lee, G.C. Allen, W. F Thompson, and L Hanley-Bowdoin.. 2009. Dynamic localization of the DNA replication proteins MCM5 and MCM7 in plants. Plant Physiology. 150: 658-669.

M. Santa-Maria, G. C.Yencho, G. C. Allen, and B. Sosinski. 2009. Fast shoot- organogenesis regeneration studies in high starch, industrial sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas L.) varieties. Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture. 97: 109-117.

Allen, G. C. , M.A. Flores-Vergara, S. Krasynanski, S. Kumar, and W. F. Thompson. 2006. A modified protocol for rapid DNA isolation from plant tissues using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). Nature Protocols. 1: 2320-2325

Santos, A.P., E. Wegal, G. C. Allen, W.F. Thompson, E. Stoger, P.J. Shaw, and R. Abranches. 2006. In situ methods to localize transgenes and transcripts in interphase nuclei: A tool for transgenic plant research. BMC Plant Methods. 2: 18.1-18.13


Kumar, S., G.C. Allen and W.F. Thompson. 2006. Gene targeting in plants: Fingers on the move. Trends in Plant Sciences. 11: 159-161


Abranches, R., R. Shultz, W. F. Thompson and G. C. Allen. 2005. Matrix Attachment Regions and regulated transcription increase transgene expression in plants. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 3: 535-543.

Ascenzi, R., B. Ülker, J. J. Todd, D. A. Sowinski, C. R., Schimeneck, G. C. Allen, A. K. Weissinger and W. F. Thompson. 2003. Analysis of trans-silencing interactions using transcriptional silencers of varying strength and targets with and without flanking nuclear matrix attachment regions. Transgenic Research. 12: 305-318.

S. L. Mankin, G. C. Allen, T. Phelan., S. Spiker, and W. F. Thompson. 2003. Elevation of transgene expression level by flanking matrix attachment regions (MAR) is promoter dependent: A study of the interactions of six promoters with the RB7 3' MAR. Transgenic Research. 12: 3-12.

Callaway, A. S., R. Abranches, J. Scroggs, G.C. Allen, and W.F. Thompson. 2002. High-throughput transgene copy number estimation by competitive PCR. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 20: 265-277

Love, J., G. C. Allen, C. Gatz, and W. F. Thompson. 2002. Differential Top10 promoter regulation by six analogues in plant cells. Journal of Experimental Botany. 53:1871-1877.

Allen, G. C., S. Spiker, and W. F. Thompson. 2000. Use of matrix attachment regions (MARs) to minimize transgene silencing. Plant Molecular Biology. 43:361-376.

Michalowski, S. M., G. C. Allen, G. E. Hall, Jr., W. F. Thompson, and S. Spiker. 1999. Characterization of randomly-obtained matrix attachment regions (MARs) from higher plants. Biochemistry. 38 (39):12795-12804.

Vain, P., B. Worland, A. Kohli, J.W. Snape, P. Christou, G.C. Allen, and W.F. Thompson. 1999. Matrix attachment regions increase transgene expression levels and stability in transgenic rice plants and their progeny. Plant Journal. 18:233-242.


Ulker , B., G. C. Allen, W. F. Thompson, S. Spiker, and A. Weissinger. 1999. A tobacco matrix attachment region reduces the loss of transgene expression in the progeny of transgenic tobacco plants. Plant Journal. 18:253-264.

Petracek. M. E. , L. F. Dickey, T- T. Nguyen, C. Gatz, D. A. Sowinski, G. C. Allen, and W. F. Thompson. 1998. Ferredoxin-1 mRNA is destabilized by changes in photosynthetic electron transport. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA). 95:9009-9013.

Mankin, L.M., G. C. Allen, and W. F. Thompson. 1997. Introduction of a plant intron into the luciferase gene of Photinus pyralis. Plant Molecular Biology Reporter. 15(2): 186-196.

Allen, G. C., G. E. Hall, Jr., S. Michalowski, W. Newman, A. Weissinger, S. Spiker, and W. F. Thompson. 1996. High level transgene expression in plant cells: Effects of a strong SAR from tobacco. Plant Cell. 8:899-913.

Dickey, L. F., T-T. Nguyen, G. C. Allen, and W. F. Thompson. 1994. Light modulation of ferredoxin mRNA abundance requires an open reading frame. Plant Cell. 6:1171-1176.

Allen, G. C., G. E. Hall, Jr., L.C. Childs, A. Weissinger, S. Spiker, and W. F. Thompson. 1993. Scaffold attachment regions increase reporter gene expression in stably transformed plant cells. Plant Cell 5:603-613.


Hall, G. E., G. C. Allen, D. Loer, W. F. Thompson, and S. Spiker. 1991. Nuclear scaffolds and scaffold-attachment regions in higher plants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA). 88:9320-9324.

Allen, G. C, D. T. Grimm, and G. H. Elkan. 1991. Oxygen-uptake and hydrogen-stimulated nitrogenase from Azorhizobium caulinodans strain ORS 571 grown in a succinate-limited chemostat. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 57:3220-3225.

Allen, G. C. and G. H. Elkan. 1990. Oxygen and ammonium regulation of growth, respiration, and polypeptide patterns of Bradyrhizobium sp. (Arachis) strain 3G4b20 grown in succinate and oxygen- limited conditions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 56:1025-1032.


Neal, J. L., G. C. Allen, R. D. Morse, and D. D. Wolfe. 1983. Nitrate, nitrite, nitrous oxide, and oxygen-dependent hydrogen uptake by Rhizobium. Federation of European Microbiological Sciences Microbiology Letters. 17:335-338.


Neal, J. L., G. C. Allen, R. D. Morse, and D. D. Wolfe. 1983. Anaerobic nitrate-dependent chemolithotrophic growth by Rhizobium japonicum. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 29:316-32.


Jessee, J. A., R. E. Benoit, A. C. Hendricks, G. C. Allen, and J. L. Neal. 1983. Anaerobic degradation of cyanuric acid, cysteine, and Atrazine by a facultative anaerobic bacterium. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 45:97-102.