Development and application of SINE-based markers for genotyping of potato varieties
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Potato variety discrimination based on morphological traits is laborious and influenced by the environment, while currently applied molecular markers are either expensive or time-consuming in development or application. SINEs, short interspersed nuclear elements, are retrotransposons with a high copy number in plant genomes representing a potential source for new markers. We developed a marker system for potato genotyping, designated inter-SINE amplified polymorphism (ISAP). Based on nine potato SINE families recently characterized (Wenke et al. in Plant Cell 23:3117–3128, 2011), we designed species-specific SINE primers. From the resulting 153 primer combinations, highly informative primer sets were selected for potato variety analysis regarding number of bands, quality of the banding pattern, and the degree of polymorphism. Fragments representing ISAPs can be separated by conventional agarose gel electrophoresis; however, automation with a capillary sequencer is feasible. Two selected SINE families, SolS-IIIa and SolS-IV, were shown to be highly but differently amplified in Solanaceae, Solaneae tribe, including wild and cultivated potatoes, tomato, and eggplant. Fluorescent in situ hybridization demonstrated the genome-wide distribution of SolS-IIIa and SolS-IV along potato chromosomes, which is the basis for genotype discrimination and differentiation of somaclonal variants by ISAP markers.
KeywordsAmplify Fragment Length Polymorphism Simple Sequence Repeat Marker Long Terminal Repeat Prime Combination Potato Cultivar
We gratefully acknowledge the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research for funding this project (KMU-Innovativ, grant no. 0315425). We thank the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture Organization (SASA, UK) for generously providing seed and plant material and I. Walter for technical support.
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