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Genome. 2009 Mar;52(3):286-93. doi: 10.1139/G09-005.

Characterization of a tandemly repeated subtelomeric sequence with inverted telomere repeats in maize.

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Key Laboratory of MOE for Plant Development Biology, College of Life Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China.


In this study, two complementary telomere primers were applied to a single-primer PCR. A clear amplification band was obtained with one primer, while a smear pattern was seen with the other primer. Sequence analysis of the isolated clones from this specific amplification band revealed that a 412 bp clone designated as MTAS1 shared high homology with a reported subtelomeric sequence (382 bp) from maize (Zea mays L.), which indicated that this clone was possibly present at subtelomeric regions. The clone MTAS1 displayed a novel structural feature flanked by the forward and inverted telomere repeats. Southern hybridization revealed a ladder of hybridization bands, suggesting that MTAS1 was a tandemly repeated sequence. Fluorescence in situ hybridization results showed that the strong MTAS1 signals were present at the ends of short arms of several long chromosomes, confirming that MTAS1 was a subtelomeric sequence and the high brightness of signals further indicated this cloned sequence was a highly and tandemly repetitive sequence in maize. Fluorescence in situ hybridization with telomeric DNA and MTAS1 as probes on metaphase chromosomes and extended genomic DNA fibers showed that hybridization signals of this clone located adjacent to or overlapped with signals of telomere tandem repeats distributed heterogeneously in subtelomeric regions of several chromosomes and even exhibited differences in two subtelomeres of a single chromosome.

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