Journal Article

Male Specific Genes from Dioecious White Campion Identified by Fluorescent Differential Display

Charles P. Scutt, Tom Jenkins, Masaki Furuya and Philip M. Gilmartin

in Plant and Cell Physiology

Published on behalf of Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists

Volume 43, issue 5, pages 563-572
Published in print May 2002 | ISSN: 0032-0781
Published online May 2002 | e-ISSN: 1471-9053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/pcp/pcf069
Male Specific Genes from Dioecious White Campion Identified by Fluorescent Differential Display

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Fluorescent differential display (FDD) has been used to screen for cDNAs that are differentially up-regulated in male flowers of the dioecious plant Silene latifolia in which an X/Y chromosome system of sex determination operates. To adapt FDD to the cloning of large numbers of differential cDNAs, a novel method of confirming the differential expression of these has been devised. FDD gels were Southern electro-blotted and probed with mixtures of individual cDNA clones derived from different FDD product ligation reactions. These Southern blots were then stripped and re-probed with further mixtures of individual cloned FDD products to identify the maximum number of recombinant clones carrying the true differential amplification products. Of 135 differential bands identified by FDD, 56 differential amplification products were confirmed; these represent 23 unique differentially expressed genes as determined by virtual Northern analysis and two genes expressed at or below the level of detection by virtual Northern analysis. These two low expressed genes show bands of hybridization on genomic Southern blots that are specific to male plants, indicating that they are derived from, or closely related to, Y chromosome genes.

Keywords: Key words: Fluorescent differential display — Sex chromosome — Sex determination — Silene latifolia — White campion — Y chromosome.

Journal Article.  6872 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biochemistry ; Molecular and Cell Biology ; Plant Sciences and Forestry

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