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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: ALLIUM, CUCUMIS, AND DAUCUS GERMPLASM ENHANCEMENT, GENETICS, AND BIOCHEMISTRY

Location: Vegetable Crops Research Unit

Title: Fine mapping of the pleiotropic locus B for black spine and orange mature fruit color in cucumber identifies a 50 kb region containing a R2R3-MYB transcription factor

Authors
item Li, Yuhong -
item Wen, Changlong -
item Weng, Yiqun

Submitted to: Theoretical and Applied Genetics
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: May 6, 2013
Publication Date: May 21, 2013
Repository URL: http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/57343
Citation: Li, Y., Wen, C., Weng, Y. 2013. Fine mapping of the pleiotropic locus B for black spine and orange mature fruit color in cucumber identifies a 50 kb region containing a R2R3-MYB transcription factor. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 126(8):2187-2196.

Interpretive Summary: In cucumber, Cucumis sativus L., the spine and skin colors on fruits are two important fruit quality traits for variety improvement. In this study, we investigated the inheritance of spine and mature fruit colors in F2 and F3 populations derived from the cross between two inbred lines WI7200 (black spine and orange fruit) and WI7201 (white spine and cream fruit color). We confirmed that a single, dominant gene, B, controlled both black spine color and orange mature fruit color. Initial framework mapping with microsatellite markers located the B locus in the distal region of the short arm of cucumber chromosome 4. Fine mapping was conducted with draft genome scaffold-assisted chromosome walking and stepwise increase of mapping population sizes, which allowed for the assignment of the B locus to a 50 kb genomic DNA region with two flanking markers that were 0.06 and 0.09 cM, respectively from the B locus in a mapping population of 2,001 F2 plants. Gene annotation of this 50 kb region identified six genes including one encoding for an R2R3-MYB transcription factor. Sequence alignment of the R2R3-MYB homologs between the two parent inbreds identified a 1bp deletion in the third intron of this gene in WI 7201. A molecular marker based on this indel co-segregated with the spine and fruit colors. Quantitative RT-PCR revealed higher level of expression of this R2R3-MYB gene in WI7200 than in WI7201 in both immature and mature fruits. This R2R3-MYB gene is the best candidate gene for the B locus conditioning black spine and orange mature fruit colors of cultivated cucumber.

Technical Abstract: The spine and skin colors on fruits are two important fruit quality traits in cucumber for variety improvement. In this study, we investigated the inheritance of spine and mature fruit colors with segregation populations developed from the cross between two inbred lines WI7200 (black spine and orange fruit) and WI7201 (white spine and cream fruit color). We confirmed that a single, dominant gene, B, controlled both black spine color and orange mature fruit color. Initial genetic mapping with microsatellite markers located the B locus in the short arm of cucumber chromosome 4. Fine mapping was conducted with draft genome scaffold-assisted chromosome walking and stepwise increase of mapping population sizes, which allowed for the assignment of the B locus to a 50 kb genomic DNA region with two flanking markers that were 0.06 and 0.09 cM, respectively from the B locus in a mapping population of 2,001 F2 plants. Gene annotation of this 50 kb region identified six genes including one encoding for an R2R3-MYB transcription factor. Sequence alignment of the R2R3-MYB homologs between the two parent inbreds identified a 1bp deletion in the third intron of this gene in WI 7201. A molecular marker based on this indel co-segregated with the spine and fruit colors. Quantitative RT-PCR revealed higher level of expression of this R2R3-MYB gene in WI7200 than in WI7201 in both immature and mature fruits. This R2R3-MYB gene is the best candidate gene for the B locus conditioning black spine and orange mature fruit colors of cultivated cucumber.

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