Nucleotide diversity of the ZmPox3 maize peroxidase gene: Relationships between a MITE insertion in exon 2 and variation in forage maize digestibilityReportar como inadecuado

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BMC Genetics

, 5:19

First Online: 16 July 2004Received: 03 June 2004Accepted: 16 July 2004


BackgroundPolymorphisms were investigated within the ZmPox3 maize peroxidase gene, possibly involved in lignin biosynthesis because of its colocalization with a cluster of QTL related to lignin content and cell wall digestibility. The purpose of this study was to identify, on the basis of 37 maize lines chosen for their varying degrees of cell wall digestibility and representative of temperate regions germplasm, ZmPox3 haplotypes or individual polymorphisms possibly associated with digestibility.

ResultsNumerous haplotypes with high diversity were identified. Frequency of nucleotide changes was high with on average one SNP every 57 bp. Nucleotide diversity was not equally distributed among site categories: the estimated π was on average eight times higher for silent sites than for non-synonymous sites. Numerous sites were in linkage disequilibrium that decayed with increasing physical distance. A zmPox3 mutant allele, carrying an insertion of a transposable element in the second exon, was found in lines derived from the early flint inbred line, F7. This element possesses many structural features of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements MITE. The mutant allele encodes a truncated protein lacking important functional sites. An ANOVA performed with a subset of 31 maize lines indicated that the transposable element was significantly associated with cell wall digestibility. This association was confirmed using an additional set of 25 flint lines related to F7. Moreover, RT-PCR experiments revealed a decreased amount of corresponding mRNA in plants with the MITE insertion.

ConclusionThese results showed that ZmPox3 could possibly be involved in monolignol polymerisation, and that a deficiency in ZmPox3 peroxidase activity seemingly has a negative effect on cell wall digestibility. Also, genetic diversity analyses of ZmPox3 indicated that this peroxidase could be a relevant target for grass digestibility improvement using specific allele introgressions.

List of abbreviationsbpbase pairs


kbkilo bases

MITEminiature inverted-repeat transposable element

PCRpolymerase chain reaction

QTLquantitative trait loci

SNPsingle nucleotide polymorphism

UTRuntranslated region

Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1471-2156-5-19 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Carine Guillet-Claude - Christelle Birolleau-Touchard - Domenica Manicacci - Peter M Rogowsky - Joan Rigau - Alain Murigneu


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