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Genomes behave as social entities: Alien chromatin minorities evolve through specificities reduction

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July 29, 2010
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Researchers in Portugal and the U.S. studied the introgression -- the movement of a gene from one species into the gene pool of another -- of rye alien chromatin in the wheat genome, and showed that genomes behave like social entities.

Genome restructuring events were previously detected in triticale, the polyploid species that possess wheat and rye entire genomes, involving rye repetitive sequences. Those genome alterations are even more drastic, including elimination of those sequences, in wheat-rye addition lines, that possess the wheat genome and a smaller fraction of rye genome (only one chromosome pair).
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Researchers from Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal, in collaboration with University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, studied the introgression -- the movement of a gene from one species into the gene pool of another -- of rye alien chromatin in the wheat genome, and showed that genomes behave like social entities.

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In a paper to be published in the August issue of Theoretical and Applied Genetics, the authors report how they detected a high level of genomic restructuring events affecting rye chromosomes added to wheat genome through microsatellite and retrotransposon PCR-based molecular marker techniques. In another work (Bento et al 2008. PLoS ONE 3(1): e1402), the same authors had previously identified genomic alterations affecting preferentially rye genome in triticale, the hybrid genotype that results from the union of wheat and rye entire genomes.

Plant breeders commonly produce hybrid genotypes, through the cross of related species, to obtain improved varieties. This phenomenon – polyploidization -- occurred also repeatedly during plant evolution. Triticale, the polyploid cereal that has been synthesized by the cross between wheat and rye, is one of the better studied polyploid model systems.

The novelty of this work, which may have important implications in future plant breeding strategies, is to show that genomes behave as social entities. In fact, reduced amounts of introgressed rye chromatin in wheat-rye addition lines, which possess only one rye chromosome pair, are more exposed to genomic restructuring than in triticale.


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  1. Miguel Bento, Perry Gustafson, Wanda Viegas, Manuela Silva. Genome merger: from sequence rearrangements in triticale to their elimination in wheat%u2013rye addition lines. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2010; DOI: 10.1007/s00122-010-1325-6

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Centro de Botânica Aplicada à Agricultura. (2010, July 29). Genomes behave as social entities: Alien chromatin minorities evolve through specificities reduction. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 21, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100727112523.htm
Centro de Botânica Aplicada à Agricultura. "Genomes behave as social entities: Alien chromatin minorities evolve through specificities reduction." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/07/100727112523.htm (accessed December 21, 2014).

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