Research Article

Development of expressed sequence tag-based microsatellite markers for the critically endangered Isoëtes sinensis (Isoetaceae) based on transcriptome analysis

Published: July 15, 2016
Genet. Mol. Res. 15(3): gmr8497 DOI: https://doi.org/10.4238/gmr.15038497
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(2016). Development of expressed sequence tag-based microsatellite markers for the critically endangered Isoëtes sinensis (Isoetaceae) based on transcriptome analysis. Genet. Mol. Res. 15(3): gmr8497. https://doi.org/10.4238/gmr.15038497
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Abstract

Isoëtes sinensis is a critically endangered quillwort. To facilitate studies on the conservation genetics of this species, we developed expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers. A total of 50,063 unigenes were predicted by transcriptome sequencing, 5294 (10.6%) of which significantly matched 3011 Gene Ontology annotations and 2363 were assigned to Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes metabolic pathways. Most of these (2297) were involved in metabolism. A total of 1982 SSR motifs were identified, with trinucleotides being the dominant repeat motif, and 1438 (72.6%) SSR primers were designed. Eighteen randomly selected primer pairs were used to genotype 24 I. sinensis accessions, which confirmed the suitability of these novel markers for molecular studies of I. sinensis. The heterozygosity index value ranged between 0.0799 and 0.9106, while the Shannon-Wiener diversity index value ranged between 0.1732 and 2.5589. The EST-SSRs reported in this study are linked to genic sequences, and are therefore ideal for investigating the evolutionary history of I. sinensis. These markers, together with the large EST dataset generated in this study, will greatly facilitate conservation genetic studies of I. sinensis.

Isoëtes sinensis is a critically endangered quillwort. To facilitate studies on the conservation genetics of this species, we developed expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers. A total of 50,063 unigenes were predicted by transcriptome sequencing, 5294 (10.6%) of which significantly matched 3011 Gene Ontology annotations and 2363 were assigned to Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes metabolic pathways. Most of these (2297) were involved in metabolism. A total of 1982 SSR motifs were identified, with trinucleotides being the dominant repeat motif, and 1438 (72.6%) SSR primers were designed. Eighteen randomly selected primer pairs were used to genotype 24 I. sinensis accessions, which confirmed the suitability of these novel markers for molecular studies of I. sinensis. The heterozygosity index value ranged between 0.0799 and 0.9106, while the Shannon-Wiener diversity index value ranged between 0.1732 and 2.5589. The EST-SSRs reported in this study are linked to genic sequences, and are therefore ideal for investigating the evolutionary history of I. sinensis. These markers, together with the large EST dataset generated in this study, will greatly facilitate conservation genetic studies of I. sinensis.