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Evolution of the apomixis transmitting chromosome in Pennisetum.

Akiyama Y, Goel S, Conner JA, Hanna WW, Yamada-Akiyama H, Ozias-Akins P - BMC Evol. Biol. (2011)

Bottom Line: Apomixis is an intriguing trait in plants that results in maternal clones through seed reproduction.Our results indicate that the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region is shared by all apomictic species while it is absent from all sexual species or cytotypes.Contrary to our previous observations in Pennisetum squamulatum and Cenchrus ciliaris, retrotransposon sequences of the Opie-2-like family were not closely associated with the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region in all apomictic species, suggesting that they may have been accumulated after the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region originated.

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Affiliation: Department of Horticulture, The University of Georgia, 2360 Rainwater Rd,, Tifton, GA 31793-5766, USA.

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Background: Apomixis is an intriguing trait in plants that results in maternal clones through seed reproduction. Apomixis is an elusive, but potentially revolutionary, trait for plant breeding and hybrid seed production. Recent studies arguing that apomicts are not evolutionary dead ends have generated further interest in the evolution of asexual flowering plants.

Results: In the present study, we investigate karyotypic variation in a single chromosome responsible for transmitting apomixis, the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region carrier chromosome, in relation to species phylogeny in the genera Pennisetum and Cenchrus. A 1 kb region from the 3' end of the ndhF gene and a 900 bp region from trnL-F were sequenced from 12 apomictic and eight sexual species in the genus Pennisetum and allied genus Cenchrus. An 800 bp region from the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region also was sequenced from the 12 apomicts. Molecular cytological analysis was conducted in sixteen Pennisetum and two Cenchrus species. Our results indicate that the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region is shared by all apomictic species while it is absent from all sexual species or cytotypes. Contrary to our previous observations in Pennisetum squamulatum and Cenchrus ciliaris, retrotransposon sequences of the Opie-2-like family were not closely associated with the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region in all apomictic species, suggesting that they may have been accumulated after the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region originated.

Conclusions: Given that phylogenetic analysis merged Cenchrus and newly investigated Pennisetum species into a single clade containing a terminal cluster of Cenchrus apomicts, the presumed monophyletic origin of Cenchrus is supported. The Apospory-Specific Genomic Region likely preceded speciation in Cenchrus and its lateral transfer through hybridization and subsequent chromosome repatterning may have contributed to further speciation in the two genera.

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Ancestral states for different characters. Bayesian trees based on the ndhF+trnL-F sequence showing the ancestral state for different characters. A. Chromosome number, B. Presence of Opie-2 at ASGR, C. Opie-2 distribution on genome, D. Mode of reproduction
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Figure 8: Ancestral states for different characters. Bayesian trees based on the ndhF+trnL-F sequence showing the ancestral state for different characters. A. Chromosome number, B. Presence of Opie-2 at ASGR, C. Opie-2 distribution on genome, D. Mode of reproduction

Mentions: Reconstruction of ancestral states was done by Mesquite. Four characters viz mode of reproduction, basic chromosome number, distribution of Opie-2 on genomes, and distribution of Opie-2 on the ASGR (Table 2) were used for reconstruction of ancestral states using the tree generated by Bayesian method (Figure 8).


Evolution of the apomixis transmitting chromosome in Pennisetum.

Akiyama Y, Goel S, Conner JA, Hanna WW, Yamada-Akiyama H, Ozias-Akins P - BMC Evol. Biol. (2011)

Ancestral states for different characters. Bayesian trees based on the ndhF+trnL-F sequence showing the ancestral state for different characters. A. Chromosome number, B. Presence of Opie-2 at ASGR, C. Opie-2 distribution on genome, D. Mode of reproduction
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Figure 8: Ancestral states for different characters. Bayesian trees based on the ndhF+trnL-F sequence showing the ancestral state for different characters. A. Chromosome number, B. Presence of Opie-2 at ASGR, C. Opie-2 distribution on genome, D. Mode of reproduction
Mentions: Reconstruction of ancestral states was done by Mesquite. Four characters viz mode of reproduction, basic chromosome number, distribution of Opie-2 on genomes, and distribution of Opie-2 on the ASGR (Table 2) were used for reconstruction of ancestral states using the tree generated by Bayesian method (Figure 8).

Bottom Line: Apomixis is an intriguing trait in plants that results in maternal clones through seed reproduction.Our results indicate that the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region is shared by all apomictic species while it is absent from all sexual species or cytotypes.Contrary to our previous observations in Pennisetum squamulatum and Cenchrus ciliaris, retrotransposon sequences of the Opie-2-like family were not closely associated with the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region in all apomictic species, suggesting that they may have been accumulated after the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region originated.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Horticulture, The University of Georgia, 2360 Rainwater Rd,, Tifton, GA 31793-5766, USA.

ABSTRACT

Background: Apomixis is an intriguing trait in plants that results in maternal clones through seed reproduction. Apomixis is an elusive, but potentially revolutionary, trait for plant breeding and hybrid seed production. Recent studies arguing that apomicts are not evolutionary dead ends have generated further interest in the evolution of asexual flowering plants.

Results: In the present study, we investigate karyotypic variation in a single chromosome responsible for transmitting apomixis, the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region carrier chromosome, in relation to species phylogeny in the genera Pennisetum and Cenchrus. A 1 kb region from the 3' end of the ndhF gene and a 900 bp region from trnL-F were sequenced from 12 apomictic and eight sexual species in the genus Pennisetum and allied genus Cenchrus. An 800 bp region from the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region also was sequenced from the 12 apomicts. Molecular cytological analysis was conducted in sixteen Pennisetum and two Cenchrus species. Our results indicate that the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region is shared by all apomictic species while it is absent from all sexual species or cytotypes. Contrary to our previous observations in Pennisetum squamulatum and Cenchrus ciliaris, retrotransposon sequences of the Opie-2-like family were not closely associated with the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region in all apomictic species, suggesting that they may have been accumulated after the Apospory-Specific Genomic Region originated.

Conclusions: Given that phylogenetic analysis merged Cenchrus and newly investigated Pennisetum species into a single clade containing a terminal cluster of Cenchrus apomicts, the presumed monophyletic origin of Cenchrus is supported. The Apospory-Specific Genomic Region likely preceded speciation in Cenchrus and its lateral transfer through hybridization and subsequent chromosome repatterning may have contributed to further speciation in the two genera.

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