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Free Content Dissecting large and complex genomes: flow sorting and BAC cloning of individual chromosomes from bread wheat

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The analysis of the complex genome of common wheat (Triticum aestivum, 2n = 6x = 42, genome formula AABBDD) is hampered by its large size (∼17 000 Mbp) and allohexaploid nature. In order to simplify its analysis, we developed a generic strategy for dissecting such large and complex genomes into individual chromosomes. Chromosome 3B was successfully sorted by flow cytometry and cloned into a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC), using only 1.8 million chromosomes and an adapted protocol developed for this purpose. The BAC library (designated as TA-3B) consists of 67 968 clones with an average insert size of 103 kb. It represents 6.2 equivalents of chromosome 3B with 100% coverage and 90% specificity as confirmed by genetic markers. This method was validated using other chromosomes and its broad application and usefulness in facilitating wheat genome analysis were demonstrated by target characterization of the chromosome 3B structure through cytogenetic mapping. This report on the successful cloning of flow-sorted chromosomes into BACs marks the integration of flow cytogenetics and genomics and represents a great leap forward in genetics and genomic analysis.
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Keywords: BAC cloning; DNA library; flow sorting; isolated chromosomes; large genomes; wheat

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Molecular Cytogenetics and Cytometry, Institute of Experimental Botany, Sokolovska 6, CZ-77200 Olomouc, Czech Republic, 2: Laboratory of Genome organization, Unité de Recherches en Génomique Végétale (INRA-URGV), 2 rue Gaston Crémieux, CP 5708, F-91057 Évry Cedex, France, 3: Génétique Moléculaire des Céréales, UMR INRA-UBP, Domaine de Crouelle, 234 Avenue du Brézet, F-63039 Clermont-Ferrand Cedex 2, France

Publication date: September 1, 2004

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