African Journal of
Plant Science

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Plant Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0824
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPS
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 728

Full Length Research Paper

Isolation and expression analysis of Berberis chitria Lidl. specific transcripts using subtractive hybridization technique

Vivek Tripathi1*, Sandhya Goswami2 and Palpu Pushpangadan3
  1Amity Institute of Biotechnology, Amity University Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow-226010, India. 2Betel vine Biotechnology Lab, National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow-226001, India. 3Amity Institute for Herbal and Biotech Product Development, 3-Ravi Nagar, Peroorkada PO, Trivandum-695005, India.
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  •  Accepted: 01 November 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010



The method of suppressive subtractive hybridization has been used to detect and clone differentially expressed genes during the development of Berberis chitria Lidl. in cold stress condition. For this, we used two different species, B. chitria Lidl. andBerberis asiatica Roxb., B. chitria containing high yield of berberine and B. asiaticahas less. We used B. chitria Lidl. as tester and B. asiatica as an inducer of the starting material and were compared with mRNA-cDNA. We constructed cDNA library with insert size range from 100 to 600bp from B. chitria roots at developmental stage. The cDNA after subtraction were cloned and a total 28 clones were identified, which are unregulated in B. chitria root tissues, among these 8 were novel, while 20 showed homology with different genes in database. An explanation has been given regarding the role of these genes in the developmental process. Study of the genes identified in this report may enhance our understanding of the genetic circuit involved in the development of berberis


Key words: Suppressive subtractive hybridization (SSH), Berberis chitria Lidl., ESTs.