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PLoS One. 2012;7(4):e34775. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0034775. Epub 2012 Apr 6.

Genome-wide identification and mapping of NBS-encoding resistance genes in Solanum tuberosum group phureja.

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Genomics Research Unit, Faculty of Sciences and Philosophy, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru.


The majority of disease resistance (R) genes identified to date in plants encode a nucleotide-binding site (NBS) and leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain containing protein. Additional domains such as coiled-coil (CC) and TOLL/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domains can also be present. In the recently sequenced Solanum tuberosum group phureja genome we used HMM models and manual curation to annotate 435 NBS-encoding R gene homologs and 142 NBS-derived genes that lack the NBS domain. Highly similar homologs for most previously documented Solanaceae R genes were identified. A surprising ∼41% (179) of the 435 NBS-encoding genes are pseudogenes primarily caused by premature stop codons or frameshift mutations. Alignment of 81.80% of the 577 homologs to S. tuberosum group phureja pseudomolecules revealed non-random distribution of the R-genes; 362 of 470 genes were found in high density clusters on 11 chromosomes.

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