TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik 20030514 3
A bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library consisting of 235,000 clones with an average insert size of 130 kb was constructed from Capsicum annuum, 'CM334'. Based on a pepper haploid genome size of 2,702 Mbp/C, the BAC library is estimated to contain approximately 12 genome equivalents and represents at least 99% of the pepper genome. Screening of the library with mitochondrial DNA probes (coxII, coxIII, atp6 and atp9) and chloroplast DNA probes (atpB, rbcL) indicated that contamination wit ...[more]
Project description:Small RNAs (21-24 nt) are pivotal regulators of gene expression that guide both transcriptional and post-transcriptional silencing mechanisms in diverse eukaryotes, including most if not all plants. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) and short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are the two major types, both of which have a demonstrated and important role in plant development, stress responses and pathogen resistance. In this work, we used a deep sequencing approach (Sequencing-By-Synthesis, or SBS) to develop sequence resources of small RNAs from different Capsicum annuum tissues (including leaves, flowers and fruit). The high depth of the resulting datasets enabled us to examine in detail critical small RNA features, such as size distribution, tissue-specific regulation and sequence conservation between different organs in this species. We also developed database resources and a dedicated website (http://smallrna.udel.edu/) with computational tools for allowing other users to identify new miRNAs or siRNAs involved in specific regulatory pathways, verify the degree of conservation of these sequences in other plant species and map small RNAs on genes or larger regions of the maize genome under study. Small RNA libraries were derived from leaves, flowers and fruit of Capsicum annuum. Total RNA was isolated using the TriReagent (Molecular Research Center) for leaves and flowers and the Plant RNA Purification Reagent (Invitrogen) for fruit, and submitted to Illumina (Hayward, CA, http://www.illumina.com) for small RNA library construction using approaches described in (Lu et al., 2007) with minor modifications. The small RNA libraries were sequenced with the Sequencing-By-Synthesis (SBS) technology by Illumina. PERL scripts were designed to remove the adapter sequences and determine the abundance of each distinct small RNA. We thank Barbara Baker for providing the plant material, as well as Kan Nobuta and Gayathri Mahalingam for assistance with the computational methods.