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Mol Biol (Mosk). 2008 Mar-Apr;42(2):195-205.

[DNA methylation in cotton hybrids and their parents].

[Article in Russian]


The possible role of methylation in the performance of heterosis has been analyzed in many crops. To further study this possibility, we investigated both the differences in cytosine methylation patterns between cotton heterotic hybrid/nonheterotic hybrids and their parental lines and the change in methylation level from seedling stage to flowering stage by using the methylation-sensitive amplified polymorphism (MSAP) method. The results showed that the number of demethylation loci in highly heterotic hybrids was greater that in lowly heterotic hybrids, and the level of DNA cytosine methylation in cotton at the seedling stage is higher than that at the flowering stage. The altered methylation patterns at low-copy genomic regions can be confirmed by DNA gel blot analysis. A total of 39 fragments that showed different methylation patterns were cloned and sequenced. The methylation status of these genes was modified differentially in hybrid and parents, suggesting that these genes might play a role in the performance of heterosis.

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