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Fungal Genet Biol. 1999 Mar;26(2):141-51.

Intraspecific ITS polymorphism in Scutellospora castanea (Glomales, Zygomycota) is structured within multinucleate spores.

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  • 1Laboratoire de Phytoparasitologie, INRA/CNRS, CMSE-INRA, BV 1540, Dijon Cedex, 21034, France. hijri@epoisses.inra.fr


Polymorphism of the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) of the ribosomal DNA in Scutellospora castanea (Glomales, Zygomycota) and its organization among spores were evaluated. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification with ITS1/ITS4 primers yielded several fragments of different lengths, even from single spores. Fragments produced from multisporal DNA were cloned and grouped into 6 ITS types by PCR-RFLP and sequence analysis. Five type-specific primers were designed. Spores were then analyzed by PCR and amplification profiles revealed that they were qualitatively different one from another due to the presence or absence of some ITS types. Intrasporal segregation of ITS variant length types was also shown, by PCR experiments, utilizing diluted fractions of nuclear suspensions from single spores. The results demonstrate the mainly multikaryotic condition of the spores of S. castanea.

Copyright 1999 Academic Press.

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