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Curr Genet. 1994 Dec;27(1):54-61.

The chloroplast gene cluster containing psbF, psbL, petG and rps3 is conserved in Chlamydomonas.

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Département de biochimie, Faculté des sciences, Université Laval, Québec, Canada.

Abstract

We have sequenced a 6.8-kb segment of the Chlamydomonas eugametos chloroplast DNA which contains the psbF, psbL, petG and rps3 genes. As in the distantly related green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, these genes reside in this order (5'-->3') on the same DNA strand, suggesting that such a chloroplast gene cluster was present in the most recent common ancestor of all Chlamydomonas species. For each of the four genes, with the exception of rps3, the C. eugametos and C. reinhardtii coding regions were found to be identical, or very similar, in length, whereas each of the intergenic spacers is substantially longer in C. eugametos than in C. reinhardtii. The central portion of both Chlamydomonas rps3 genes features a long extra coding region relative to other rps3 sequences. We have shown that the insertion sequence in the C. eugametos rps3 is not excised at the RNA level.

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