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Mol Gen Genet. 1992 Mar;232(2):240-6.

An S5 self-incompatibility allele-specific cDNA sequence from Brassica oleracea shows high homology to the SLR2 gene.

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Department of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, UK.


The sequence is reported of a cDNA molecule homologous to an mRNA from stigma tissue of Brassica oleracea plants homozygous for the S5 self-incompatibility allele. This cDNA is closely related to a previously published sequence designated SLR2, which was obtained from the same stigma cDNA library and is also related to the SLR1 gene, a cDNA for which has also been obtained from this library. Various B. oleracea lines differing in S alleles and of different varieties have been screened for the presence of particular S gene family sequences using a method involving hybridization of sequence-specific oligonucleotide probes to PCR products. The results indicate that a gene homologous to the sequence presented here is absent from a line lacking the S5 allele, though present in other lines containing the S5 allele, regardless of their genetic background. This finding suggests that the sequence represents a transcript of the SLG (S locus glycoprotein) gene. A similar approach has confirmed that a cDNA derived from a Brassica line containing the S29 allele is also S allele-specific. The predicted amino acid sequences derived from a number of S gene family sequences are compared using numerical methods and possible evolutionary relationships between them are discussed.

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