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International Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Volume 2012, Article ID 970920, 8 pages
Research Article

Purifying Selection Bias against Microsatellites in Gene Rich Segmental Duplications in the Rice Genome

1University School of Biotechnology, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Sector 16C, Dwarka, New Delhi 110078, India
2Centre of Excellence in Genomics, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Hyderabad 502324, India
3Biotechnology Division, Defence Institute of Bio-Energy Research, Goraparao, Haldwani 263139, India

Received 20 March 2012; Revised 11 June 2012; Accepted 5 July 2012

Academic Editor: Frédéric Brunet

Copyright © 2012 P. C. Sharma et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Little data is available on microsatellite dynamics in the duplicated regions of the rice genome, even though efforts have been made in the past to align genome sequences of its two sub-species. Based on the coordinates of duplicated sequences in the indica genome as available in the public domain, we identified microsatellites in these regions. CCG and GAAAA repeats occurred most frequently. In all, 259 microsatellites could be identified in the duplicated sequences using the criteria of minimum 90% alignability spread over a minimum of 1 Kb sequence. More than 25% of the repeats in duplicated regions occurred in the genic sequences. Only 45 (17%) of these 259 microsatellites were found conserved in the duplicated paralogues. Among these repeats, 40% maintained both sequence and length conservation. The effect of mutability of nearby regions could also be clearly seen in microsatellite regions. The overall purpose of this study was to investigate, whether microsatellites follow an independent course of evolutionary dynamics subsequent to events like genome reshuffling that simply drives these elements to different locations in the genome. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first comprehensive analysis of microsatellite conservation in the duplicated regions of any genome.