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Systematic Isolation of Genes Expressed at Low Levels in Inflorescence Apices of <i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i>

Miho Takemura, Kotomi Fujishige, Hideki Hyodo, Yasutaka Ohashi, Chitose Kami, Akiko Nishii, Kanji Ohyama and Takayuki Kohchi

in DNA Research

Published on behalf of Kazusa DNA Research Institute

Volume 6, issue 5, pages 275-282
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1340-2838
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1756-1663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/dnares/6.5.275

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We constructed an equalized cDNA library from Arabidopsis inflorescence shoot apices including inflorescence meristem, floral meristem and flower tissue collected before stage 5 of flower development. The cDNA clones were arrayed on membranes and were differentially screened using cDNA pools from vegetative and inflorescence tissues as probes. Each clone was classified by expression specificity and expression level. By removing the clones that displayed hybridization signals, 384 out of 3264 clones in this library remained as candidates for inflorescence-specific mRNAs expressed at low levels. Sequence analysis of all selected clones indicated that 53 were identical and 120 were homologous to genes in public protein databases. The remaining 211 selected clones had no significant amino acid sequence similarities with those deduced from any reported genes, though 62 of them appeared in Arabidopsis expressed sequenced tags (ESTs). About 40% of the selected clones were novel, validating the present approach for gene discovery. Northern blot analysis of 22 randomly selected clones confirmed that most were expressed preferentially in inflorescence tissues. In addition, many clones were transcribed at relatively low levels. We demonstrate that the screening method of the present study is useful for systematic classification of cDNA species based on expression specificity.

Keywords: Arabidopsis thaliana; inflorescence meristem; equalized cDNA library; differential screening; gene expression

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Subjects: Genetics and Genomics

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