SREL Reprint #3262




32 species validation of a new Illumina paired-end approach for the development of microsatellites

Stacey L. Lance1, Cara N. Love1, Schyler O. Nunziata1, Jason R. O’Bryhim1, David E. Scott1,
R. Wesley Flynn1, and Kenneth L. Jones2

1Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, University of Georgia, Aiken, South Carolina, USA
2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Colorado School of Medicine,
Aurora, Colorado, USA

Abstract: Development and optimization of novel species-specific microsatellites, or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) remains an important step for studies in ecology, evolution, and behavior. Numerous approaches exist for identifying new SSRs that vary widely in terms of both time and cost investments. A recent approach of using paired-end Illumina sequence data in conjunction with the bioinformatics pipeline, PAL_FINDER, has the potential to substantially reduce the cost and labor investment while also improving efficiency. However, it does not appear that the approach has been widely adopted, perhaps due to concerns over its broad applicability across taxa. Therefore, to validate the utility of the approach we developed SSRs for 32 species representing 30 families, 25 orders, 11 classes, and six phyla and optimized SSRs for 13 of the species. Overall the IPE method worked extremely well and we identified 1000s of SSRs for all species (mean = 128,485), with 17% of loci being potentially amplifiable loci, and 25% of these met our most stringent criteria designed to that avoid SSRs associated with repetitive elements. Approximately 61% of screened primers yielded strong amplification of a single locus.

SREL Reprint #3262

Lance, S. L., C. N. Love, S. O. Nunziata, J. R. O'Bryhim, D. E. Scott, R. W. Flynn, and K. L. Jones. 2013. 32 species validation of a new Illumina paired-end approach for the development of microsatellites. PLos ONE 8(11): e81853.

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