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Integrated transcriptome catalogue and organ-specific profiling of gene expression in fertile garlic (Allium sativum L.).

Kamenetsky R, Faigenboim A, Shemesh Mayer E, Ben Michael T, Gershberg C, Kimhi S, Esquira I, Rohkin Shalom S, Eshel D, Rabinowitch HD, Sherman A - BMC Genomics (2015)

Bottom Line: Organ-specific analysis showed significant variation of gene expression between plant organs, with the highest number of specific reads in inflorescences and flowers.More than 100 variants and isoforms of enzymes involved in organosulfur metabolism were differentially expressed and had organ-specific patterns.In addition to plant genes, viral RNA of at least four garlic viruses was detected, mostly in the roots and cloves, whereas only 1-4% of the reads were found in the foliage leaves.

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Affiliation: Institute of Plant Sciences, ARO, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel. vhrkamen@volcani.agri.gov.il.

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Background: Garlic is cultivated and consumed worldwide as a popular condiment and green vegetable with medicinal and neutraceutical properties. Garlic cultivars do not produce seeds, and therefore, this plant has not been the subject of either classical breeding or genetic studies. However, recent achievements in fertility restoration in a number of genotypes have led to flowering and seed production, thus enabling genetic studies and breeding in garlic.

Results: A transcriptome catalogue of fertile garlic was produced from multiplexed gene libraries, using RNA collected from various plant organs, including inflorescences and flowers. Over 32 million 250-bp paired-end reads were assembled into an extensive transcriptome of 240,000 contigs. An abundant transcriptome assembled separately from 102,000 highly expressed contigs was annotated and analyzed for gene ontology and metabolic pathways. Organ-specific analysis showed significant variation of gene expression between plant organs, with the highest number of specific reads in inflorescences and flowers. Analysis of the enriched biological processes and molecular functions revealed characteristic patterns for stress response, flower development and photosynthetic activity. Orthologues of key flowering genes were differentially expressed, not only in reproductive tissues, but also in leaves and bulbs, suggesting their role in flower-signal transduction and the bulbing process. More than 100 variants and isoforms of enzymes involved in organosulfur metabolism were differentially expressed and had organ-specific patterns. In addition to plant genes, viral RNA of at least four garlic viruses was detected, mostly in the roots and cloves, whereas only 1-4% of the reads were found in the foliage leaves.

Conclusions: The de novo transcriptome of fertile garlic represents a new resource for research and breeding of this important crop, as well as for the development of effective molecular markers for useful traits, including fertility and seed production, resistance to pests and neutraceutical characteristics.

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Venn diagram of the distribution and similarity of sequences in extensive and abundant transcriptome catalogues of garlic in comparison with rice protein database (www.phytozome.org).
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Fig1: Venn diagram of the distribution and similarity of sequences in extensive and abundant transcriptome catalogues of garlic in comparison with rice protein database (www.phytozome.org).

Mentions: Both transcriptome catalogues of garlic were compared with the database of Oryza sativa—the most sequenced and annotated monocot species (Figure 1). BLASTX search against the rice database resulted in at least one significant hit for 59,138 contigs of the extensive garlic transcriptome (24.7%); 47,500 of those contigs represented 46.5% of the contigs of the abundant transcriptome. In a reciprocal TBLASTN search of the rice genes in the extensive garlic transcriptome, at least one significant hit was found for 44,476 rice sequences, i.e., 67% of the rice sequences were found in garlic (Figure 1).Figure 1


Integrated transcriptome catalogue and organ-specific profiling of gene expression in fertile garlic (Allium sativum L.).

Kamenetsky R, Faigenboim A, Shemesh Mayer E, Ben Michael T, Gershberg C, Kimhi S, Esquira I, Rohkin Shalom S, Eshel D, Rabinowitch HD, Sherman A - BMC Genomics (2015)

Venn diagram of the distribution and similarity of sequences in extensive and abundant transcriptome catalogues of garlic in comparison with rice protein database (www.phytozome.org).
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License 1 - License 2
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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4307630&req=5

Fig1: Venn diagram of the distribution and similarity of sequences in extensive and abundant transcriptome catalogues of garlic in comparison with rice protein database (www.phytozome.org).
Mentions: Both transcriptome catalogues of garlic were compared with the database of Oryza sativa—the most sequenced and annotated monocot species (Figure 1). BLASTX search against the rice database resulted in at least one significant hit for 59,138 contigs of the extensive garlic transcriptome (24.7%); 47,500 of those contigs represented 46.5% of the contigs of the abundant transcriptome. In a reciprocal TBLASTN search of the rice genes in the extensive garlic transcriptome, at least one significant hit was found for 44,476 rice sequences, i.e., 67% of the rice sequences were found in garlic (Figure 1).Figure 1

Bottom Line: Organ-specific analysis showed significant variation of gene expression between plant organs, with the highest number of specific reads in inflorescences and flowers.More than 100 variants and isoforms of enzymes involved in organosulfur metabolism were differentially expressed and had organ-specific patterns.In addition to plant genes, viral RNA of at least four garlic viruses was detected, mostly in the roots and cloves, whereas only 1-4% of the reads were found in the foliage leaves.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Plant Sciences, ARO, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel. vhrkamen@volcani.agri.gov.il.

ABSTRACT

Background: Garlic is cultivated and consumed worldwide as a popular condiment and green vegetable with medicinal and neutraceutical properties. Garlic cultivars do not produce seeds, and therefore, this plant has not been the subject of either classical breeding or genetic studies. However, recent achievements in fertility restoration in a number of genotypes have led to flowering and seed production, thus enabling genetic studies and breeding in garlic.

Results: A transcriptome catalogue of fertile garlic was produced from multiplexed gene libraries, using RNA collected from various plant organs, including inflorescences and flowers. Over 32 million 250-bp paired-end reads were assembled into an extensive transcriptome of 240,000 contigs. An abundant transcriptome assembled separately from 102,000 highly expressed contigs was annotated and analyzed for gene ontology and metabolic pathways. Organ-specific analysis showed significant variation of gene expression between plant organs, with the highest number of specific reads in inflorescences and flowers. Analysis of the enriched biological processes and molecular functions revealed characteristic patterns for stress response, flower development and photosynthetic activity. Orthologues of key flowering genes were differentially expressed, not only in reproductive tissues, but also in leaves and bulbs, suggesting their role in flower-signal transduction and the bulbing process. More than 100 variants and isoforms of enzymes involved in organosulfur metabolism were differentially expressed and had organ-specific patterns. In addition to plant genes, viral RNA of at least four garlic viruses was detected, mostly in the roots and cloves, whereas only 1-4% of the reads were found in the foliage leaves.

Conclusions: The de novo transcriptome of fertile garlic represents a new resource for research and breeding of this important crop, as well as for the development of effective molecular markers for useful traits, including fertility and seed production, resistance to pests and neutraceutical characteristics.

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Related in: MedlinePlus