Sequence variation and linkage of potato U2snRNA-encoding genes established by PCR

Robbie Waugh, Gillian Clark, John W.S. Brown (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Plant uridylate-rich small nuclear RNA (UsnRNA)-encoding genes (UsnRNA) are present as multigene families exhibiting greater sequence variation than has been described in animal UsnRNA families. The potato U2snRNA multigene family has 25 to 40 potential gene members. Four gene variants have been analysed to date, two of which are linked. In order to investigate U2snRNA expression in potato in terms of the function of such sequence variation in development, the degree of sequence variation in both the coding region and flanking regions in this gene family must be assessed. On the assumption that at least some U2snRNA genes are linked, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) approach, using primers designed to amplify intergenic nucleotide sequences including coding and 5' flanking regions, has been devised. Six new U2snRNA gene variant sequences and one U2snRNA pseudogene sequence have been generated. In addition, six new flanking region sequences have been produced which, in contrast to other plant UsnRNA gene families, show considerable variation in the important upstream sequence element. This PCR approach may be applicable to the analysis of genomic organisation and sequence variation of other multigene families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-204
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 1991


  • flanking regions
  • gene family
  • polymerase chain reaction
  • Pre-mRNA splicing
  • promoter
  • pseudogene
  • recombinant DNA
  • regulatory element
  • spliceosome
  • uridylate-rich small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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