Re-sequencing of mitochondrial genes in a standard rice cultivar Nipponbare
© Toda and Toriyama; licensee Springer. 2013
Received: 7 October 2012
Accepted: 28 December 2012
Published: 10 January 2013
Genomic sequence of a rice cultivar Nipponbare has been often used as a reference sequence since a whole-genomic sequence was first determined in 2005 by the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project. As for mitochondrial genomic sequence of Nipponbare, two groups have deposited their sequences into DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession numbers BA000029 and DQ167400. However, there are 19 discrepancies in the nucleotide sequences of 7 genes between BA000029 and DQ167400.
We performed PCR to amplify these 7 genes and to perform direct sequencing. Nucleotides of the discrepant sites were all identical to those in DQ167400.1. The sequence in BA000029.3 is thought to contain sequencing errors.
Nucleotide sequences of the mitochondrial genes in BA000029.3 need to be updated using the data in this study when used as a reference genome.
KeywordsRice Mitochondria Re-sequencing SNP
The International Rice Genome Sequencing Project adopted a japonica rice cultivar Nipponbare as a standard and determined its whole-genomic sequences (International Rice Genome Sequencing Project, 2005). Mitochondrial genome of Nipponbare has been sequenced by two groups. Notsu et al. (2002) used plasmid clones containing the “shotgun” DNA fragments derived from isolated mitochondrial DNA for sequence analysis employing a conventional chain terminating method. The sequence is available in DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number BA000029.3. Tian et al. (2006) extracted the mitochondrial sequences from a whole-genome shotgun nuclear sequence, in which sequencing was done with MegaBACE 1000 capillary sequencers employing a conventional chain terminating method. The sequence is available in DDBJ/EMBL/GenBank under the accession number DQ167400.1. These Nipponbare sequences are often used as reference genomes for the studies of cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) and C-U RNA editing (Fujii et al. 2010; Bentolila and Stefanov 2012; Toda et al. 2012).
CDS Length (bp)
Position of SNP
Position of SNP in BA000029.3
Notsu et al. (2002)
Tian et al. (2006)
Primers using direct sequence analysis
As shown in Table 1 and in Additional file 1, nucleotides of the discrepant sites in the genomic sequences were all identical to those in DQ167400.1. In addition, cDNA sequences were also identical to the genomic sequences in DQ167400.1 (Table 1). Thus, BA000029.3 is considered to contain sequencing errors. We also compared these nucleotides among mitochondrial genomes of other cultivars and wild rice in databases; a cultivar PA64S with japonica-derived mitochondria (DQ167807.1; Tian et al. 2006), an indica cultivar 93–11 (DQ167399.1; Tian et al. 2006), IR6888 (JF281153.1; Bentolila and Stefanov 2012), and Lead rice (AP011077.1; Fujii et al. 2010), and cultivars carrying wild rice (Oryza rufipogon) mitochondria, WA-CMS line (JF281154.1; Bentolila and Stefanov 2012) and CW-CMS line (AP011076.1; Fujii et al. 2010). Among all the above mentioned mitochondrial genomes, the genes shown in Table 1 show consistent sequences to those in DQ167400.1.
Bentolila and Stefanov (2012) have reported complete sequences of indica cultivar IR6888 and WA-CMS mitochondrial genomes and presented a table of substitutions and insertions within rice mitochondrial genes relative to Nipponbare using BA000029.3 as a reference genome. They claimed that they found 26 single-nucleotide polymorphisms and stated that it was unclear why nad6 in Nipponbare exhibited many polymorphisms relative to nad6 genes in the other rice mitochondrial genomes. Our current study indicated that the sequencing errors in BA000029.3 led to a different conclusion. The sequencing errors in BA000029.3 should be revised. The position of the nucleotide that should be updated in BA000029.3 is indicated in Table 1. Meanwhile the nucleotide sequence in DQ167400.1 should be used as a reference sequence for mitochondrial genes of Nipponbare.
Nucleotide sequence data obtained in our study have been deposited to the DDBJ under accession numbers [AB763976 to AB763991].
Laboratory of Environmental Plant Biotechnology, Graduate School of Agricultural Science, Tohoku University, Sendai 981–8555, Japan.
Cytoplasmic male sterility
Single nucleotide polymorphism.
This work was supported by a Grant-in-Aid (Nos.2338002 and 24117502) from the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports and Culture, Japan. Toda, T. is the recipient of Research Fellowships of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for Young Scientists.
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