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Sun L.,Beijing Forestry University | Yang W.,Beijing Forestry University | Zhang Q.,Beijing Forestry University | Cheng T.,Beijing Forestry University | And 4 more authors.
PLoS ONE | Year: 2013

Because of its popularity as an ornamental plant in East Asia, mei (Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc.) has received increasing attention in genetic and genomic research with the recent shotgun sequencing of its genome. Here, we performed the genome-wide characterization of simple sequence repeats (SSRs) in the mei genome and detected a total of 188,149 SSRs occurring at a frequency of 794 SSR/Mb. Mononucleotide repeats were the most common type of SSR in genomic regions, followed by di- and tetranucleotide repeats. Most of the SSRs in coding sequences (CDS) were composed of tri- or hexanucleotide repeat motifs, but mononucleotide repeats were always the most common in intergenic regions. Genome-wide comparison of SSR patterns among the mei, strawberry (Fragaria vesca), and apple (Malus×domestica) genomes showed mei to have the highest density of SSRs, slightly higher than that of strawberry (608 SSR/Mb) and almost twice as high as that of apple (398 SSR/Mb). Mononucleotide repeats were the dominant SSR motifs in the three Rosaceae species. Using 144 SSR markers, we constructed a 670 cM-long linkage map of mei delimited into eight linkage groups (LGs), with an average marker distance of 5 cM. Seventy one scaffolds covering about 27.9% of the assembled mei genome were anchored to the genetic map, depending on which the macro-colinearity between the mei genome and Prunus T×E reference map was identified. The framework map of mei constructed provides a first step into subsequent high-resolution genetic mapping and marker-assisted selection for this ornamental species. © 2013 Sun et al. Source

Yang Y.,CAS Beijing Institute of Genomics | Ren H.,Beijing Police Colle | Chen W.,CAS Beijing Institute of Genomics | Xie B.,CAS Beijing Institute of Genomics | And 8 more authors.
Forensic Science International: Genetics | Year: 2015

Copy number variations (CNVs) are one of the major sources of human genetic diversity and are associated with rare genomic disorders as well as complex traits and diseases. A copy number variation was observed at the D8S1179 locus during routine STR based parentage testing, in which the child exhibited three alleles, "13, 15, 16", with the putative father a homozygous "15" and the mother homozygous "13". In addition, in the same testing case, there was a one-step mutation at the STR locus FGA, in which the putative father was a "22, 24", the mother was a "22, 25", and the child was a "22, 23". After further investigations by re-amplified with different primer sets, clone-based sequencing, karyotype analysis and whole-genome SNP analysis, the results showed that the child had the CNVs at chromosome 8q24.3 and 22q11.21. In conclusion, for parentage testing cases encountered with tri-allele patterns, more testings, such as cloning sequencing, karyotyping, or even whole genome analysis, as well as more appropriate statistical estimations might be conducted to further confirm or exclude the relationship. © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

Ye F.,Hubei University | Ye F.,Wuhan University | Chen C.,Beijing Microread Genetics Co. | Qin J.,Beijing Microread Genetics Co. | And 3 more authors.
FASEB Journal | Year: 2015

Cell lines are widely used as in vitro model systems in biologic and medical research. However, much of the research has been invalidated by the unwitting use of false cell lines. A significant proportion of the research involving human cell lines was initiated in China. Paradoxically, the cell lines used in China have never been authenticated. Here, we present a comprehensive survey of cross-contamination in 380 samples from 113 independent sources in China using short tandem repeat profiling methods. High levels of crosscontamination were uncovered (95 of 380, 25%). Notable false cell lines (e.g., KB and WISH) are still actively used under their false identity and tissue attributions. Most strikingly, 85.51% of lines established in China were misidentified (59 of 69) and accounted for over half of the misidentifications (59 of 95, 62.11%). Further, 93.22% of the contaminants in cell lines established in laboratories ofChinawereHeLacellsorapossiblehybridofHeLawith an unknown cell line. Results from these misidentified lines have been published in thousands of potentially erroneous articles and may have distorted the findings visible to the scientific community. False lines have been used in drug screening, potentially leading to unusable or even harmful therapeutic strategies. We also noted the causes of contamination and provided suggestions for remediation.-Ye,F.,Chen,C,Qin,J.,Liu,J.,Zheng,C.Geneticprofiling reveals an alarming rate of cross-contamination among human cell lines used in China. FASEB J. 29, 4268-4272 (2015). www.fasebj.org. © FASEB. Source

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