Genetic and physical mapping of the patatin genes in potato and tomato. Academic Article uri icon


  • Genes for the major storage protein of potato, patatin, have been mapped genetically and physically in both the potato and tomato genomes. In potato, all patatin genes detected by the cDNA clone pGM01 map to a single locus at the end of the long arm of chromosome 8. By means of pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) it was possible further to delimit this locus, containing 10-15 copies of the gene, to a maximum size of 1.4 million base pairs. Hybridizations with class-specific clones suggest that the locus is at least partially divided into domains containing the two major types of patatin genes, class I and II. In tomato, patatin-homologous sequences were found to reside at the orthologous locus at the end of chromosome 8. The approximately three copies in tomato were localized by PFGE to a single fragment of 300 kilobases. Whereas the class II-specific 5' promoter sequences reside in tomato at the same locus as the coding sequences, the single class I-specific copy of the 5' promoter sequences was localized on chromosome 3 with no coding sequence attached to it. A clone from this chromosome 3 locus of tomato was isolated and by restriction fragment length polymorphism mapping it could be further shown that a similar class I-specific sequence also exists on chromosome 3 of potato. As in tomato, this copy on chromosome 3 is not linked to a coding sequence for patatin. The results are discussed with respect to genome evolution and PFGE analysis of complex gene families.

published proceedings

  • Mol Gen Genet

altmetric score

  • 6

author list (cited authors)

  • Ganal, M. W., Bonierbale, M. W., Roeder, M. S., Park, W. D., & Tanksley, S. D.

citation count

  • 57

complete list of authors

  • Ganal, MW||Bonierbale, MW||Roeder, MS||Park, WD||Tanksley, SD

publication date

  • March 1991