A high-throughput pipeline for detecting locus-specific polymorphism in hexaploid wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

J. Ma, J. Stiller, Zhi Zheng, Y.X. Liu, Y. Wei, Y.L. Zheng, Chunji Liu

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    © 2015 Ma et al. Background: Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L., 2n = 6x = 42) is an allohexaploid with a huge genome. Due to the presence of extensive homoeologs and paralogs, generating locus-specific sequences can be challenging, especially when a large number of sequences are required. Traditional methods of generating locus-specific sequences are rather strenuous and time-consuming if large numbers of sequences are to be handled. Results: To improve the efficiency of isolating sequences for targeted loci, a time-saving and high-throughput pipeline integrating orthologous sequence alignment, genomic sequence retrieving, and multiple sequence alignment was developed. This pipeline was successfully employed in retrieving and aligning homoeologous sequences and 83% of the primers designed based on the pipeline successfully amplified fragments from the targeted subgenomes. Conclusions: The high-throughput pipeline developed in this study makes it feasible to efficiently identify locus-specific sequences for large numbers of sequences. It could find applications in all research projects where locus-specific sequences are required. In addition to generating locus-specific markers, the pipeline was also used in our laboratory to identify differentially expressed genes among the three subgenomes of bread wheat. Importantly, the pipeline is not only valuable for research in wheat but should also be applicable to other allopolyploid species.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-7
    JournalPlant Methods
    Issue number39
    Publication statusPublished - 2015


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