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7 April 2015 Development and Characterization of Microsatellite Loci For the Endangered Scrub Lupine, Lupinus aridorum (Fabaceae)
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Scrub lupine (Lupinus aridorum McFarlin ex Beckner) is an endangered plant restricted to the Winter Haven and Mount Dora ridge systems in central Florida that has declined primarily due to habitat loss (USFWS, 1987). Polymorphic genetic markers are needed to answer questions about genetic diversity and connectivity among L. aridorum populations, genetic relatedness among Florida lupine species including the closely related Gulf Coast lupine (L. westianus Small), and hybridization between sympatric populations of L. aridorum and sky-blue lupine (L. diffusus Nutt.; Bupp, 2013).


Total genomic DNA was extracted from leaf samples of two individuals from L. aridorum populations using a QIAamp DNA Mini Kit (QIAGEN, Valencia, California, USA). Using a Covaris S220 (Woburn, Massachusetts, USA), we prepared an Illumina paired-end shotgun library by shearing 1 µg of DNA as described in the Illumina TruSeq DNA Library Kit (Illumina, San Diego, California, USA) and using a multiplex identifier adapter index. Illumina sequencing, with 100-bp paired-end reads, was conducted on a HiSeq 2000 (Illumina). We used the program PAL_FINDER_v0.02.03 (Castoe et al., 2012) to examine five million reads and extracted the reads that contained di-, tri-, tetra-, penta-, and hexanucleotide microsatellites. Positive reads were batched to the program Primer3 (version 2.0.0; Rozen and Skaletsky, 1999) for primer design. We selected loci for primer sequences that only occurred one time in the five million reads to avoid problems with copy number of the sequence in the genome. Ninety loci of the 1740 loci that met this criterion were chosen. One primer from each pair was modified on the 5′ end with an engineered sequence (CAG tag 5′-CAGTCGGGCGTCATCA-3′) to enable use of a third primer in the PCR that was fluorescently labeled with one of three dyes (6-FAM, NED, or VIC; Applied Biosystems, Culver City, California, USA).

Primer pairs were tested for amplification and polymorphism using DNA obtained from four individuals. Amplifications were in 20-µL volumes (250 µg/mL bovine serum albumin [BSA], 2 µL 10× Buffer B, 25 mM MgCl2, 5 µM unlabeled primer, 0.5 µM tag-labeled primer, 5 µM universal dye-labeled primer, 2.5 mM dNTPs, 0.5 units Taq DNA polymerase [Fisher Scientific, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA], and 20 ng DNA template) using a Bio-Rad MyCycler (Hercules, California, USA) thermal cycler. We used touchdown cycling conditions to amplify DNA and to attach the universal dye-labeled primer. Parameters consisted of an initial denaturation step of 2 min 30 s at 95°C; followed by 20 cycles of 95°C for 20 s, 65–50°C annealing temperature for 20 s (decreasing 0.5°C per cycle), and extension step of 72°C for 30 s; followed by 15 cycles of 95°C for 20 s, 55–45°C for 20 s, and 72°C for 30 s. Cycles were followed with a final extension step of 72°C for 10 min. Amplifications were run on an ABI3730XL sequencer (Applied Biosystems).

Twelve of the tested primer pairs amplified high-quality PCR product that exhibited polymorphism in L. aridorum, L. diffusus, or L. westianus (Table 1). We then assessed the variability at these loci using 19–22 individuals of L. aridorum, 9–22 L. diffusus, and 12–20 L. westianus (Table 2). Alleles were scored using GeneMapper software (Applied Biosystems). We evaluated the number of alleles per locus, observed heterozygosity, and expected heterozygosity and tested for Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) and linkage equilibrium using Arlequin version 3.5 (Excoffier et al., 2005). Sequences of raw paired-end reads are available in the SRA database of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (bioproject no. PRJNA274660) and as  Appendix S1 (apps.1500013_s1.doc). Vouchers of leaves collected for this study were deposited at Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales, Florida (Table 2).

We found that the number of alleles per locus ranged from one to seven for L. aridorum, one to nine for L. westianus, and one to 14 for L. diffusus. For polymorphic loci, observed heterozygosity for L. aridorum ranged from 0.01 to 0.68, 0.15 to 0.86 for L. westianus, and 0.01 to 0.78 for L. diffusus. Expected heterozygosity for L. aridorum was between 0.08 and 0.73, 0.19 and 0.83 for L. westianus, and 0.09 and 0.90 for L. diffusus. All loci were in linkage equilibrium but several loci were out of HWE after correction for multiple tests (Table 2). Deviations from HWE are expected because samples were collected from several areas and individuals might be able to self-fertilize (Bupp, 2013; Bupp, personal communication).

Table 1.

Characteristics of 12 microsatellite loci in Lupinus aridorum, L. westianus, and L. diffusus.


Table 2.

Genetic properties of 12 microsatellites developed for Lupinus aridorum with cross-species amplification in L. westianus and L. diffusus.a



These loci are the first to be developed for Florida lupine species and are polymorphic in at least three of the five species of North American unifoliolate lupines (Dunn, 1971), L. aridorum, L. diffusus, and L. westianus. Although microsatellite primers have been developed for other, distantly related species of lupines (e.g., Gonzalez et al., 2010), cross-species amplification of L. aridorum with these primers was unlikely because North American unifoliolate lupines represent a genetically divergent lineage that is distinctly different from other lupines (Mahé et al., 2011).

Lupinus aridorum is a critically endangered species, and a clear understanding of the effects of habitat fragmentation on the genetic diversity of populations and connectivity among populations is needed to inform conservation efforts. In addition, many of these loci are polymorphic in L. westianus, a threatened species in the state of Florida (Wunderlin and Hansen, 2008). Conservation genetic studies will aid in management of these rare lupines.



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[1] This work was supported by the Florida Institute of Technology, Bok Tower Gardens, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and by the U.S. Department of Energy (award no. DE-FC09-07SR22506 to the University of Georgia Research Foundation).

Angela Ricono, Glen Bupp, Cheryl Peterson, Schyler O. Nunziata, Stacey L. Lance, and Christin L. Pruett "Development and Characterization of Microsatellite Loci For the Endangered Scrub Lupine, Lupinus aridorum (Fabaceae)," Applications in Plant Sciences 3(4), (7 April 2015).
Received: 11 February 2015; Accepted: 1 March 2015; Published: 7 April 2015

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