New smut-specific primers for multilocus genotyping and phylogenetics of Ustilaginaceae

Kruse, Julia and Mishra, Bagdevi and Choi, Young-Joon and Sharma, Rahul and Thines, Marco (2017) New smut-specific primers for multilocus genotyping and phylogenetics of Ustilaginaceae. Mycological Progress, 16 (9). pp. 917-925. ISSN 1617-416X


The Ustilaginomycotina, often collectively referred to as smut fungi, represent one of the three subphyla of the Basidiomycota. Smut fungi predominantly parasitize Angiosperms, are globally distributed, and contain several economically important pathogens. The most species-rich family of the smut fungi is the Ustilaginaceae. To investigate the molecular phylogeny of smut fungi, most studies rely on nrDNA loci, such as ITS and LSU. Protein coding genes, like rpb1, rpb2, TeF1a, Atp6, and ß-tubulin, have been used in some studies. However, because of the huge diversity of smut fungi and the lack o dedicated primers, amplification of these loci has proven difficult for several groups. Thus, it was the aim of the current study to develop primers for new loci for the smut fungi with the focus on the largest family, the Ustilaginaceae. Here, the development and testing of new primers for nine loci based on protein-coding genes is reported (myosin, map, rpl3, tif2, ssc1, ß-tubulin, sdh1, rpl4A and atp2). A list of various primer combinations for the amplification of the new loci is given, with the corresponding PCR conditions and the best combinations for several genera of the Ustilaginaceae and some other Ustilaginomycetes. We hope that the primers presented in this study will be useful in overcoming the limitations of currently-used loci in terms of phylogenetic resolution, especially with respect to resolving species complexes and providing a better resolution of the higher-level phylogenetic relationships of smut fungi.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - USQ Other
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 02:40
Last Modified: 03 Jan 2020 01:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: molecular phylogeny; multilocus; new primers; primer development, protein coding genes, smut fungi
Fields of Research (2008): 06 Biological Sciences > 0605 Microbiology > 060505 Mycology
06 Biological Sciences > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060102 Bioinformatics
Fields of Research (2020): 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310705 Mycology
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3102 Bioinformatics and computational biology > 310299 Bioinformatics and computational biology not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.1007%2Fs11557-017-1328-7

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