African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

Characteristics and polymorphism of NAM gene from Aegilops section sitopsis species

Xi-Gui Hu1, Bi-Hua Wu1*, Ze-Hong Yan1, Shou-Fen Dai1, Lian-Quan Zhang1, Deng-Cai Liu1,2 and You-Liang Zheng1        
1Triticeae Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Wenjiang District, No. 211, Huimin Road, 611130 Chengdu, Sichuan, P. R. China. 2Key Laboratory of Adaptation and Evolution of Plateau Biota, Northwest Institute of Plateau Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 810001 Xining, Qinghai, P. R. China.
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  •  Accepted: 03 September 2012
  •  Published: 25 September 2012


In this study, 11 novel NAM alleles were cloned from five species of Aegilops section sitopsis. These nucleotide sequences ranged from 1,540 to 1,555 bp with 3 exons and 2 introns. Their coding proteins contained both N-terminal nitrogen assimilation control (NAC) domain with 5 sub-domains and C-terminal transcriptional activation region (TAR). They have high identities and the closest homology with the NAM gene from Triticum dicoccoides Körn. and T. timopheevii Zhuk. indicating these NAM alleles of A. sect. sitopsisspecies probably having similar function to the NAM-B1 gene which control high grain protein content (GPC) inT. dicoccoides. Among these 11 alleles, there were 185 variation sites including 143 single nucleotide polymorphism sites (SNPs) and 42 insertion/deletion sites (InDels), despite high identity. Majority of SNPs occurred in coding domain with more non-synonymous mutations, resulting in 53 variation amino acids. These suggested NAM alleles in A. sect. sitopsis species having abundant polymorphism, which mainly existed in the TAR.


Key words: Aegilops section sitopsis, NAM gene, single nucleotide polymorphism, grain protein content.