26. Genetic analyses on glutelin mutants in rice

L.Q. QU1, T. KUMaMaRU1, H. SaTOH1 and M. OGaWa2

1) Laboratory of Plant Genetic Resources, Faculty of agriculture. Kyushu University, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka. 812-81 Japan
2) Home Economy,Yamaguchi Prefecture University, Sakurabatake. Yamaguchi, 753 Japan

Glutelin acidic subunits (α subunits) of rice are less conserved than basic subunits (β subunits) (Wen and Luthe 1985). They might, therefore, be the best targets for improving the amino acid composition of rice glutelin. Eight glutelin mutant lines were found by screening about 3000 mutant lines derived from the treatment of fertilized eggs with MNU (N-methyl-N-nitrosourea) (Satoh et al. 1997). In this study, we report the inheritance of the mutated characters and the gene loci of three of α-2 subunit (38kD) less mutants combined with increased amount of α-1 or of α-3 subunit (39kD/37kD).

Three α-2 subunit less mutant lines used in this study were characterized as follows: EM 278 combining with increased α-1 subunit (α-1 H/α-2 L), CM 1707 with increased α-1 and α-3 subunits (α-1,3H/α-2 L) and EM 659 with increased α-3 subunit (α-3H/α-2 L) (Fig. 1). Extracted glutelins of mutant lines were electrophoresed using the discontinuous buffer system of Laemmli (1970) on a slab gel containing a linear of 15% to 25% acrylamide/0.05% to 0.67% BIS concentration gradient.

The mutant lines were crossed reciprocally with their original cultivar, Kinmaze. The SDS-PaGE band patterns of glutelin subunits in F1 seeds showed intermediate types between mutants and Kinmaze in all of the cross combinations with slight differences between reciprocal cross combinations, indicating that the genes have dosage effects. The phenotypes of F2 seeds from the crosses were classified into 4 types — normal (P1P1P1), semi-normal (P1P1P2), semi-mutant (P1 P2P2) and mutant (P2P2P2) types. The segregation mode of the F2 seeds of the crosses between Kinmaze and mutants are shown in Table 1. Since the segregation of the four types fitted the expected ratio of 1:1:1:1, the three mutant characters could be considered to be controlled by a single incompletely dominant gene respectively.

The mutant lines were crossed with each other. The phenotypes of the F1 seeds in the cross combinations between EM 278 and CM 1707, CM 1707 and EM 659 showed intermediate types and that of F2 seeds could also be classified into 4 types—mutant I(P1P1P1), semi-mutant I (P1P1P2), semi-mutant II (P1P2P2) and mutant II (P2P2P2) types. The segregation mode of F2seeds among mutant lines are shown in Table 2. The segregation also fitted the 1:1:1:1 ratio. In the cross combination between EM 278 and EM 659 the F1 seed also showed intermediate type, but it was difficult to distinguish the semi-mutant I and semi-mutant II types from each other in F2 segregation. So, these two types were counted together as F1 (intermediate) type. The segregation fitted the ratio of 1 (EM 278 type): 2 (F1 type): 1(EM 659 type). Hence, the three mutant lines were considered to be intragenic mutants at the same locus, i.e. they were allelic mutants. The fact that polypeptide patterns differed significantly, though the mutants had the mutation at the same locus, suggested that the amino acid compositions of the same gene might be changed greatly by different inducement. Iida et al. (1994) reported three mutants for glutelin induced by γ-ray or EMS treatment and named the relevant genes as glu1 (t), glu2 (t) and glu3 (t). The genes we report here are named Glu4-a, Glu4-b and Glu4-c tentatively.

Table 1. Segregation of glutelin types in F 2 from the crosses between mutants and the original cultivar

Segregation in F2 @
Cross combination
Kinmaze X EM278
Kinmaze X CM1707
Kinmaze X EM659

A series of trisomics with extra chromosome from No.4 to No. 12 and marker gene lines concerning of chromosomes 1, 2 and 3 were crossed with EM659 (Glu4-c) to determine the chromosome on which the genes are located. Glu4-c gene was found to be linked with spl6 and eg genes located on chromosome 1 through F2 and F3 analyses. The cross-over values between Glu-4c and both marker genes, spl6 and eg, were estimated to be 17.2% and 24.2%, respectively (Table 3). Since the cross-over value between spl6 and eg genes was 7% (Kinoshita 1995), the order of the genes must be eg—spl6—glu4-c on chromosome 1 (Fig. 2).

Iida et al. (1994) reported a glu3 gene located on chromosome 1. Similarly another Glu1 (t) gene which was found in local rice cultivars was also reported to be located on chromosome 1 (Uemura et al. 1995). Deduced from the chromosomal locations of the two genes and our result, it seems that the three genes e.g. Glu1 (t), glu3 (t) and Glu4 (t) are either allelic or these genes are closely linked to each other.


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