, Volume 282, Issue 3-4, pp 257-280
Date: 21 May 2008

Non-coding nuclear DNA markers in phylogenetic reconstruction

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Abstract

Molecular DNA based data sets are the most important resource for phylogenetic reconstruction. Among the various marker systems, which were introduced and optimized within the last decade, coding sequences played an important role, especially when molecular clock approaches and multi-gene datasets were assembled. However, non-coding DNA sequences do not only play a quantitatively dominant role, as demonstrated by the two examples nuclear ITS (Internal transcribed spacer regions of nuclear ribosomal DNA) and plastidic trnL-F region, but there is also a wide range of different marker systems that can be applied in different ways. Herein, we review the application of several non-coding nuclear DNA marker systems for phylogenetic reconstructions and summarize valuable information for future research.