Characterization of the CHORI-240 BAC clones containing the bovine CSN1S1, CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and CSN3 genes.
ABSTRACT Nineteen BAC clones were identified by hybridization of the bovine genomic BAC library CHORI-240 with mixed CSN1S1- and CSN3-specific probes. Two of the clones were shown to contain the genes CSN1S1, CSN1S2, CSN2, STATH and CSN3, and five were proved to include the genes CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and CSN3. These data showed that the BAC contig was established for the whole casein cluster, including all known five genes.
The structure of the casein gene cluster is highly
conserved among mammalian species (Rijnkels
et al. 1997a; Rijnkels et al. 1997b; Rijnkels et al.
2003). In the human, mouse, rat and cattle, these
genes are ordered in the same way: CSN1S1,
CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and CSN3 (Rijnkels et al.
genes have been localized in human, mouse
and rat casein clusters but still have not been iden-
the 5’-flanking region and coding part of the bo-
vine casein gene cluster via hybridization of the
bovine genomic BAC library CHORI-240 with
CSN1S1- and CSN3-specific DNA probes.
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fragments
representing the 5’-flanking region and exon 1
of bovine gene CSN1S1 (GenBank accession num-
ber X03590) and exon 4 and intron 4 of CSN3
(AJ841946) were amplified from bovine genomic
DNA by using the following primer pairs:
CSN3fw, GAAATCCCTA CCATCAATACC; and
CSN3rv, CCATCTACG CTAGTTTAGATG. PCR
270 bp for CSN3.
Large insert clones containing CSN1S1 and
CSN3, with average insert size of 180 kb, were de-
tected by screening of bovine genomic BAC li-
brary CHORI-240 Segment I (http://bacpac.chori.
J Appl Genat 47(3), 2006, pp. 243–245
Characterization of the CHORI-240 BAC clones containing
the bovine CSN1S1, CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and CSN3 genes
Alexei A. Sazanov1, Tadeusz Malewski2, Stanis³aw Kamiñski3, Lech Zwierzchowski2
1Laboratory of Molecular Genome Organization, Institute of Farm Animal Genetics and Breeding, Russian Academy
of Agricultural Sciences, Moskovskoye sh. St Petersburg–Pushkin, Russia.
2Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding, Polish Academy of Sciences, Jastrzêbiec,
Wólka Kosowska, Poland
3Department of Animal Genetics, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Olsztyn, Poland
Abstract. Nineteen BAC clones were identified by hybridization of the bovine genomic BAC library
CSN1S1, CSN1S2, CSN2, STATH and CSN3, and five were proved to include the genes CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2
and CSN3. These data showed that the BAC contig was established for the whole casein cluster, including all
known five genes.
Key words: BAC-libraries, Bos taurus, contig, casein genes.
Received: November 15, 2005. Revised: January 11, 2006. Accepted: January 23, 2006.
Correspondence: T. Malewski, Department of Molecular Biology, Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding,
Polish Academy of Sciences, Jastrzêbiec, 05–552 Wólka Kosowska, Poland; e-mail: email@example.com
org/bovine240.htm) with 6.1-fold genome cover-
age by using radioactively labeled DNA probes
specific for those genes. Nineteen BAC clones
were identified by hybridization with mixed
CSN1S1- and CSN3-specific probes (Table 1).
and CSN3-specific primers (Table 1) were used to
confirm the presence of the sequences of interest
in those BAC clones. Eight BAC clones were de-
tected as positive for at least one primer pair
clones were confirmed to contain CSN1S1,
CSN1S2, CSN2, STATH and CSN3 genes (Ta-
ble 2). In the casein gene cluster, the distance be-
tween bovine CSN1S1 and CSN3 is about 250 kb
(Rijnkels et al. 2003). The insert size of BAC
clonesfrom bovine genomicBAClibrary
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Locus Gene Bank IDPrimersAnnealing temperature
PCR fragment size
rv 5'- AGACTGGAGCAGAGGCAGAG -3'
fw 5'- ATTTATGGCCATTCCACCAA -3'
rv 5'- GATCTCAGGTGGGCTCTCAA-3'
Table 2. Summary of PCR confirmation results
CSN1S1CSN2STATH CSN1S2 CSN3
CHORI-240 Segment I is on average 180 kb,
and ranges from <100 kb to 270 kb (http://bacpac.
chori.org/bovine240.htm). Insert sizes were eval-
uated by cutting of CH240-130F23 and CH240-
035O12 clones with restriction enzyme NotI. The
insert sizes were 265 kb and 263 kb in
CH240-130F23 and CH240-035O12 clones, re-
spectively. So, the CH240-130F23 and CH240-
035O12 clones include all the coding sequences
of the cluster and, probably, up to 20 kb of the 5’
for putative LCRs (locus controlling regions)
within the clone CH240-130F23, because such el-
ements are usually located in 5’ flanking regions
up to –35 kb upstream of coding genes (Li et al.
1999). Five clones were shown to give positive
PCR results with CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and
CSN3 genes (Table 2). These data showed that the
BAC contig was established for the whole casein
cluster, including all the 5 known genes (Table 2;
Figure 1). In the Bovine Genome Database
dex.html) the STATH and CSN1S2 are located in the
NW_936323 contig at
and 26 59538 541, respectively. The CSN2
and CSN1S1are in the contig NW_973412 at posi-
tions 418 544426 774 and 445 522463 059, respec-
tively. The CSN3 gene is not referred to in the
Bovine Genome Database. So, we can conclude
that the distance between STATH and CSN1S2
is 25 505 bp, and between CSN2 and CSN1S1
is 18 748 bp. Basing on the known insert sizes
of BAC clones in the CHORI-240 library and esti-
mated distance in approximately 200 kb between
CSN1S1 and CSN3 (Rijnkels et al. 2003), we con-
clude that this contig could contain up to 70 kb
of flanking regions. A maximum 7-fold coverage
of the contig is assumed in the 3’ region of the
and CSN3 genes.
Acknowledgements. This work was supported by
grants from the State Committee for Scientific Re-
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Figure 1. The CHORI-240 BAC contig containing the bovine CSN1S1, CSN2, STATH, CSN1S2 and CSN3 genes