Journal Article

Structural and Content Diversity of Mitochondrial Genome in Beet: A Comparative Genomic Analysis

A. Darracq, J. S. Varré, L. Maréchal-Drouard, A. Courseaux, V. Castric, P. Saumitou-Laprade, S. Oztas, P. Lenoble, B. Vacherie, V. Barbe and P. Touzet

in Genome Biology and Evolution

Published on behalf of Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution

Volume 3, issue , pages 723-736
Published in print January 2011 |
Published online May 2011 | e-ISSN: 1759-6653 | DOI:

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Despite their monophyletic origin, mitochondrial (mt) genomes of plants and animals have developed contrasted evolutionary paths over time. Animal mt genomes are generally small, compact, and exhibit high mutation rates, whereas plant mt genomes exhibit low mutation rates, little compactness, larger sizes, and highly rearranged structures. We present the (nearly) whole sequences of five new mt genomes in the Beta genus: four from Beta vulgaris and one from B. macrocarpa, a sister species belonging to the same Beta section. We pooled our results with two previously sequenced genomes of B. vulgaris and studied genome diversity at the species level with an emphasis on cytoplasmic male-sterilizing (CMS) genomes. We showed that, contrary to what was previously assumed, all three CMS genomes belong to a single sterile lineage. In addition, the CMSs seem to have undergone an acceleration of the rates of substitution and rearrangement. This study suggests that male sterility emergence might have been favored by faster rates of evolution, unless CMS itself caused faster evolution.

Keywords: mitochondrial genomes; comparative genomic; rearrangements; phylogeny; Beta vulgaris

Journal Article.  8519 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology ; Evolutionary Biology ; Genetics and Genomics

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