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7 May 2014 Isolation and Characterization of Microsatellite Loci in Byrsonima cydoniifolia (Malpighiaceae) and Cross-Amplification in B. crassifolia
Vanessa Bernardes, Daniela Elaine dos Anjos, Sara Giselle de Cássia Alexandre Gondim, Devanir Mitsuyuki Murakami, Nair Bizão, Mariana Pires de Campos Telles
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Byrsonima cydoniifolia A. Juss. (Malpighiaceae) is a species of fruit tree known as “murici” of the genus Byrsonima Rich. ex Kunth, which includes more than 150 species widely distributed in Central and South America (Aguiar et al., 2005). In Brazil, this tree is found in the sandy soils of the cerrado biome, mainly occurring in the floodplains of central Brazil (Pott and Pott, 1994). Species of the genus Byrsonima have a mixed mating system that includes pollination by bees and seed dispersal by animals. In various regions of Brazil, several species of this genus are commonly used as a source of raw material for food industries or are consumed directly by humans. The wood is harvested, and the leaves are used in traditional medicine to treat fever, ulcers, and skin infections or as anti-asthmatics (Garritano et al., 2006).

Despite its potential economic, medicinal, and ecological importance, there is a shortage of population genetic studies on B. cydoniifolia. Microsatellite markers can provide fine-scale information useful for understanding mating systems, population genetic structure, dispersal, and gene flow. However, such markers are available for only a few species in the genus (Croft and Schaal, 2012). Thus, in this paper, we describe the first development and characterization of microsatellite loci in B. cydoniifolia, allowing further studies of genetic diversity and population genetic structure in natural populations of this species. Cross-amplification in a related species (B. crassifolia (L.) Kunth) was successfully performed, suggesting that the newly characterized microsatellite markers might also be useful for genetic studies in other related Byrsonima species.


Samples from 90 individuals of B. cydoniifolia from three localities were analyzed, including 24 individuals from Bom Jardim, Goiás (16°16′41.6″S, 52°02′23.5″W), 30 from Barra do Garças, Mato Grosso (15°30′20.6″S, 52°16′50.3″W), and 36 from Araguaiana, Mato Grosso (14°41′48.1″S, 51°44′19″W). Vouchers (CNMT2476, CNMT983, CNMT2465) were deposited at the herbarium of the Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (CNMT). Cross-amplification was tested for 24 individuals from one population of B. crassifolia from Silvânia, Goiás (16°43′6.8″S, 48°13′12.9″W; voucher no. CNMT2479).

A microsatellite-enriched library was constructed for B. cydoniifolia using protocols adapted from Billote et al. (1999). Genomic DNA was extracted from leaf tissue of a single adult B. cydoniifolia tree using the cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) 2% protocol (Doyle and Doyle, 1987). Approximately 250 ng of genomic DNA was completely digested with the restriction enzyme AfaI (10 U/µL) (Invitrogen, Carlsbad, California, USA). The fragments were then ligated with the adapters Rsa21 (5′-CTCTTGCTTACGCGTGGACTA-3′) and Rsa25 (5′-TAGTCCACGCGTAAGCAAGAGCACA-3′) using T4 DNA ligase. To amplify the amount of ligated fragments, 5 µL of the ligation products were amplified with Rsa21 (10 µM) in a 50-µL reaction. The PCR conditions consisted of an initial step of 4 min at 95°C; followed by 20 cycles of 30 s at 94°C, 1 min at 60°C, and 1 min at 72°C; with a final extension at 72°C for 8 min.

The amplified DNA fragments (200–1200 bp in size) containing microsatellites were enriched for repeats by hybridization with a pool of 5′-biotinylated oligonucleotide probes [(CT)8, (GT)8] and captured by streptavidin-coated magnetic beads (Promega Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin, USA). Enriched fragments were amplified by PCR using Rsa21 (10 µM) as the primer. The PCR products were ligated to a pGEM-T Easy Vector (Promega Corporation), and plasmid DNA was transformed into Escherichia coli XL1-Blue Competent Cells (Stratagene, La Jolla, California, USA). A total of 60 positive clones were isolated using the β-galactosidase gene and sequenced in an ABI3500 automated sequencer (Applied Biosystems, Carlsbad, California, USA) using the BigDye Terminator Cycle Sequencing Kit (Applied Biosystems). Screening for microsatellites was performed using WebSat software (Martins et al., 2009). Sequences of hybrid clones, duplicates, and those with short flanking sequences were discarded. Twenty-two (37%) of the sequenced clones contained microsatellites with at least seven uninterrupted repeats; 17 of these sequences were suitable for designing locus-specific primers with Primer3 (Rozen and Skaletsky, 2000). The parameters used for microsatellite primer design were (1) a maximum of 3°C difference in melting temperature between the primers; (2) a GC content ranging from 40% to 60%; and (3) a PCR product size ranging from 150 to 200 bp.

The 17 primer pairs were used for the identification of polymorphic loci using a test panel of three B. cydoniifolia individuals selected randomly from three populations. Polymorphisms were evaluated in 6% denaturing Polyacrylamide gels stained with silver nitrate (Creste et al., 2001) and sized by comparison to a 10-bp DNA ladder standard (Invitrogen). Each of the 17 primer pairs tested successfully amplified a microsatellite region; of these, 14 revealed polymorphic loci, whereas three were monomorphic. To characterize the microsatellite polymorphisms, the forward primers of each pair were labeled with one of three fluorescent dyes (5′ HEX, 5′ NED, or 5′6-FAM) (Table 1). Amplifications were performed in a final volume of 10 µL using 3.75 ng of template DNA and 0.23 mM primers (forward + reverse), 0.23 µM dNTPs, 3.25 mg of bovine serum albumin (25 mg/mL), 1× reaction buffer (10 mM Tris-HCl [pH 8.3], 50 mM KCl, 1.5 mM MgCl2), and 0.75 unit of Taq DNA polymerase (5U; Phoneutria, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil) under the following conditions: 94°C for 5 min (one cycle); 35 cycles of 94°C for 1 min, 46–62°C (depending on primers [Table 1]) for 1 min, and 72°C for 1 min; and 72°C for 45 min (one cycle). The lengths of the amplification products were determined using an AB13500 automated sequencer and a GeneScan 500 ROX Size Standard (Applied Biosystems). Allele binning and calling was performed using GeneMapper 5.0 software (Applied Biosystems).

Table 1.

Characteristics of 17 microsatellite loci developed in Byrsonima cydoniifolia.


Table 2.

Results of initial primer screening of 11 polymorphic microsatellite loci in three populations of B. cydoniifolia and nine polymorphic microsatellite loci in one population of B. crassifolia.a


This screening detected that out of the 14 polymorphic loci that were consistently amplified (Table 1), only 11 were adequate and showed good standards on the automated sequencer, which ran three multiplex reactions. However, the genotyping patterns of two of these 11 polymorphic loci (BCY07 and BCY 14) were more difficult to interpret, with nonspecific bands in the range of 180–190 bp and 195–205 bp, respectively.

The 11 polymorphic loci were used to estimate genetic variability parameters and the genetic variability among B. cydoniifolia individuals (Table 2). The presence of null alleles was analyzed using the program MICRO-CHECKER version 2.2 (van Oosterhout et al., 2004). Analyses of genetic variability, i.e., number of alleles per locus (A), observed (Ho) and expected heterozygosities (He), and fixation index (FIS), were performed with Genetic Data Analysis (GDA) software (Lewis and Zaykin, 2000). Tests of Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) and linkage disequilibrium using the Bonferroni correction were performed with FSTAT software (Goudet, 2002).

The total number of observed alleles per locus ranged from three to 17 in all loci and populations, with average number of loci equal to 6.5, 6.5, and 8.2 for each of the populations. Null allele analysis indicated that the heterozygote deficiencies are most likely in loci BCY01 and BCY02 for the Barra do Garças and Araguaiana populations, BCY07 for the Araguaiana population, and BCY 11 for the Bom Jardim population. Average Ho across loci ranged from 0.606 to 0.727, and He ranged from 0.690 to 0.706. Significant deviation from HWE (P < 0.05) was observed for locus BCY01 in the Barra do Garças population and for locus BCY02 in the Barra do Garças and Araguaiana populations, with FIS greater than zero (Table 2). No significant departures from linkage disequilibrium (P > 0.05) were detected for any pair of loci.

Out of the 17 loci tested, nine amplified successfully and were cross-amplified in B. crassifolia, using the same PCR conditions. All were polymorphic loci without null alleles and with no deviation from HWE (P < 0.05) (Table 2).


The new set of microsatellite loci described here will provide a powerful tool for studying genetic diversity, mating system parameters, gene flow, and the spatial genetic structure of B. cydoniifolia. This information can then be used to create effective strategies for conservation and the management of future germplasm banks. Furthermore, the success of cross-amplification in B. crassifolia suggests that this set of markers will also be useful for future population genetic studies in other species of Byrsonima.



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[1] The authors thank Lázaro José Chaves, Ronaldo Veloso Naves, and Thannya Nascimento Soares for help in collecting samples of Byrsonima crassifolia. This project was partially supported by a Programa de Apoio a Núcleos de Excelência (PRONEX) grant from Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)/Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Goiás (FAPEG) (AUX PESQ CH 007/2009). Our research program has been continuously supported by grants to the research network GENPAC (Geographical Genetics and Regional Planning for natural resources in Brazilian Cerrado) from CNPq/Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia (MCT)/FAPEG (project no. 201110267000125 and 563839/2010-4-563973/2010-2), which we gratefully acknowledge.

Vanessa Bernardes, Daniela Elaine dos Anjos, Sara Giselle de Cássia Alexandre Gondim, Devanir Mitsuyuki Murakami, Nair Bizão, and Mariana Pires de Campos Telles "Isolation and Characterization of Microsatellite Loci in Byrsonima cydoniifolia (Malpighiaceae) and Cross-Amplification in B. crassifolia," Applications in Plant Sciences 2(5), (7 May 2014).
Received: 3 February 2014; Accepted: 26 February 2014; Published: 7 May 2014

Byrsonima crassifolia
Byrsonima cydoniifolia
genetic variability
simple sequence repeat (SSR)
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