Structural characterization of Brachypodium genome and its syntenic relationship with rice and wheat

Genomics and Gene Discovery Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Western Regional Research Center, 800 Buchanan Street, Albany, CA 94710, USA.
Plant Molecular Biology (Impact Factor: 4.26). 05/2009; 70(1). DOI: 10.1007/s11103-009-9456-3
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distachyon (Brachypodium) has been recently recognized as an emerging model system for both comparative and functional genomics in grass species. In this study, 55,221 repeat masked Brachypodium BAC end sequences (BES) were used for comparative analysis against the 12 rice pseudomolecules. The analysis revealed that ~26.4% of BES have significant matches with the rice genome and 82.4% of the matches were homologous to known genes. Further analysis of paired-end BES and ~1.0 Mb sequences from nine selected BACs proved to be useful in revealing conserved regions and regions that have undergone considerable genomic changes. Differential gene amplification, insertions/deletions and inversions appeared to be the common evolutionary events that caused variations of microcolinearity at different orthologous genomic regions. It was found that ~17% of genes in the two genomes are not colinear in the orthologous regions. Analysis of BAC sequences also revealed higher gene density (~9 kb/gene) and lower repeat DNA content (~13.1%) in Brachypodium when compared to the orthologous rice regions, consistent with the smaller size of the Brachypodium genome. The 119 annotated Brachypodium genes were BLASTN compared against the wheat EST database and deletion bin mapped wheat ESTs. About 77% of the genes retrieved significant matches in the EST database, while 9.2% matched to the bin mapped ESTs. In some cases, genes in single Brachypodium BACs matched to multiple ESTs that were mapped to the same deletion bins, suggesting that the Brachypodium genome will be useful for ordering wheat ESTs within the deletion bins and developing specific markers at targeted regions in the wheat genome.

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    • "For example, the rice genome contains genes homologous to Lr10 and Pm3, but at non-orthologous positions, indicating massive genomic rearrangements happened after the divergence of rice and wheat [64], [65]. Brachypodium is expected to show better synteny with wheat than rice and sorghum because it diverged more recently from the lineage leading to wheat [27]. "
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    • "Moreover, Brachypodium has a small sequenced genome (272 Mbp), and spring and winter diploid accessions have been classified according to the capacity to flower with or without cold exposure (Vogel et al., 2010). There is strong chromosomal synteny between Brachypodium and other temperate cereals, and about 77 % of the genes retrieve significant matches in Triticeae EST databases (Huo et al., 2009). This body of evidence has led researchers to propose Brachypodium as an appropriate model to study the response of temperate cereals to their environment. "
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    • "However, different studies also have shown that the sequence comparison at the level of individual genes breaks down the macro-collinearity and this was reported as micro-collinearity. At this level it is observed a mosaic gene conservation, with some genes present in both grass species, and some in only one species [16,18,19]. These frequent exceptions in collinearity could depend by translocation, duplication and deletion events [20]. "
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