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The Scientific World JournalVolume 2013 2013, Article ID 535737, 7 pages

Research ArticleUnidad de Bioquímica y Biología Molecular de Plantas, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, A.C., C 43 No. 130, Col. Chuburná de Hidalgo, Mérida, Yucatán, C.P. 97200, Mexico

Received 10 May 2013; Accepted 8 July 2013

Academic Editors: A. Bakhsh, K. M. Khawar, S. Onarici, C. A. Ozel, and A. Q. Rao

Copyright © 2013 Josefina Ines Maldonado-Borges et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Analysis of cDNA-AFLP was used to study the genes expressed in zygotic and somatic embryogenesis of Musa acuminata Colla ssp. malaccensis, and a comparison was made between their differential transcribed fragments TDFs and the sequenced genome of the double haploid- DH- Pahang of the malaccensis subspecies that is available in the network. A total of 253 transcript-derived fragments TDFs were detected with apparent size of 100–4000 bp using 5 pairs of AFLP primers, of which 21 were differentially expressed during the different stages of banana embryogenesis; 15 of the sequences have matched DH-Pahang chromosomes, with 7 of them being homologous to gene sequences encoding either known or putative protein domains of higher plants. Four TDF sequences were located in all Musa chromosomes, while the rest were located in one or two chromosomes. Their putative individual function is briefly reviewed based on published information, and the potential roles of these genes in embryo development are discussed. Thus the availability of the genome of Musa and the information of TDFs sequences presented here opens new possibilities for an in-depth study of the molecular and biochemical research of zygotic and somatic embryogenesis of Musa.

Author: Josefina Ines Maldonado-Borges, José Roberto Ku-Cauich, and Rosa Maria Escobedo-GraciaMedrano



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