Methodologies - Thecaphora
Genomic DNA of the fungal material was extracted using a CTAB extraction method at CIP, Peru, and further purified using a PowerClean® DNA Clean-Up Kit (MO BIO Laboratories, Inc., Carlsbad, California) with DNA eluted into a final volume of 50 µl of TE buffer. Due to the biotrophic nature of Thecaphora solani, the presence of host plant DNA in the sample was unavoidable.
Primer sequences and publication references for the primers can be obtained from the Primer list web page. The following loci and primers were used:
5.8S nrRNA gene with the two flanking internal transcribed spacers (ITS)
Primer pairs ITS1F or ITS-5 or V9G + ITS-4 or LR5
For a detailed protocol for amplification of the ITS region, please see the Molecular Decision Scheme. The ITS1F primer is fungal-specific and can be used for selective amplification of pure fungal material present on host material.
Partial 28S nrRNA gene (LSU)
LSU1Fd (Crous et al., 2009) + LR5 (Vilgalys & Hester, 1990)
The amplification reactions were performed in a GeneAmp PCR system 9700 (Applied Biosystems, Foster City, California) in a total volume of 50 μl. The PCR mixture contained 2 μl diluted genomic DNA (25-40 ng), 300 nM of each primer, 25 μl PCR master mix (Fermentas). Conditions for amplification of the ITS loci consisted of an initial denaturation step of 2 min at 94 °C, followed by 35 cycles of 60 s at 94 °C, 30 s at 58 °C and 90 s at 72 °C, and a final extension step of 10 min at 72 °C. Conditions for the LSU were identical except an annealing temperature of 50 °C was used. Amplicons were sequenced with both forward and reverse primers to ensure good quality sequences.
- Crous PW, Summerell BA, Carnegie AJ, Wingfield MJ, Hunter GC, Burgess TI, Andjic V, Barber PA, Groenewald JZ (2009). Unravelling Mycosphaerella: do you believe in genera? Persoonia, 23: 99-118.
- Vilgalys R, Hester M (1990). Rapid genetic identification and mapping of enzymatically amplified ribosomal DNA from several Cryptococcus species. Journal of Bacteriology, 172: 4238-4246.
- White TJ, Bruns T, Lee S, Taylor J. 1990. Amplification and direct sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA genes for phylogenetics. In: PCR Protocols: A Guide to Methods and Applications (eds. M.A. Innis, D.H. Gelfand, J.J. Sninsky and T.J. White. Academic Press, San Diego: 315-322.