J Integr Plant Biol. ›› 2000, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (11): -.

• Research Articles •    

Isolation and Characterization of Microsatellites in Snap Bean

GUO Jian-Chun, HU Xin-Wen, YANAGIHARA Seiji, YOSHINOBU Egawa   

Abstract: The objectives of this study were to isolate and characterize microsatellites from a heat tolerant variety of snap bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in order to generate polymorphic genetic markers linked to quantitative trait loci for heat tolerance. A genomic library contained 400-800 bp inserts was constructed and screened for the presence of (GA/CT)n and (CA/GT)n repeats. The proportion of positive clones yielded estimated of 3.72×10 4 such dinucleotide repeats per genome, roughly comparable to the abundance reported in other eukaryotic genomes. Twenty-six positive clones were sequenced. In contrast to mammalian genomes, the (GA/CT)n motif was much more abundant than the (CA/GT)n motif in these clones. The (GA/CT)n repeats also showed longer average repeat length (mean n=10.4 versus 6.5), suggesting that they are better candidates for yielding polymorphic genetic markers in the snap bean genome.

Key words: Phaseolus vulgaris, genomic library, microsatellite, molecular marker, DNA sequence analysis

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