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Plant J. 1996 Jan;9(1):125-33.

An improved method of partially digesting plant megabase DNA suitable for YAC cloning: application to the construction of a 5.5 genome equivalent YAC library of tomato.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Agricultural University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.


An improved method for preparing partially digested tomato DNA has been developed, that is suitable for YAC cloning. It involves (i) isolation of high molecular-weight DNA from agarose-embedded leaf protoplasts, (ii) controlled partial digestion in situ using EcoRl endonuclease in the presence of EcoRI methylase (M. EcoRl), and (iii) fractionation of the partial digest on a Clamped Homogeneous Electric Fields (CHEF) gel. Unlike methods commonly used for generating partial digests, the present method allows one to produce digests in which the bulk of restriction fragments are of the desired size. Use of these partial digests in constructing YAC libraries of the tomato lines Moneymaker-Cf4 and VFNT Cherry resulted in libraries (total 21,060 clones, 5.5 genome equivalents) in which 80% of the YACs have inserts between 200 and 600 kb. Both libraries have been screened with selected RFLP markers linked to the Cladosporium fulvum Cf4 locus on chromosome 1, using a three-dimensional PCR-based screening technique. To this end, the RFLP markers have been sequenced to allow for the synthesis of specific primers. Thus, for each marker tested several YAC clones have been isolated, including a family of clones that carry leucine-rich repeat sequences located around the Cf4/Cf9 locus.

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