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Mol Gen Genet. 1993 Nov;241(3-4):440-6.

Sequence complexity of the S receptor kinase gene family in Brassica.

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Cambridge Laboratory, AFRC Institute of Plant Science Research, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.


A genomic library from an S29/S29 self-incompatible genotype of Brassica oleracea was screened with a probe carrying part of the catalytic domain of a Brassica S-receptor kinase (SRK)-like gene. Six positive phage clones with varying hybridisation intensities (K1 to K6) were purified and characterised. A 650-700 bp region corresponding to the probe was excised from each clone and sequenced. DNA and predicted protein sequence comparisons based on a multiple alignment identified K5 as a pseudogene, whereas the others could encode functional proteins. K3 was found to have lost an intron from its genomic sequence. The six genes display different degrees of sequence similarity and form two distinct clusters in a dendrogram. The 98% similarity between K4 and K6, which extends across intron sequences, suggests that these might be very recently diverged alleles or daughters of a duplication. In addition, K2 showed a comparably high similarity to the probe. Clones K1, K3 and K5 cross-hybridised with an SLG29 cDNA probe, indicating the presence of upstream receptor domains homologous to the Brassica SLG gene. This suggests that the previously reported S sequence complexity may be ascribed to a large receptor kinase gene family.

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