Characteristics, development and mapping of Gossypium hirsutum derived EST-SSRs in allotetraploid cotton

Theor Appl Genet. 2006 Feb;112(3):430-9. doi: 10.1007/s00122-005-0142-9. Epub 2005 Dec 9.


In order to construct a saturated genetic map and facilitate marker-assisted selection (MAS) breeding, it is necessary to enhance the current reservoir of known molecular markers in Gossypium. Microsatellites or simple sequence repeats (SSRs) occur in expressed sequence tags (EST) in plants. Many ESTs are publicly available now and represent a good tool in developing EST-SSRs. From 13,505 ESTs developed from our two cotton fiber/ovule cDNA libraries constructed for Upland cotton, 966 (7.15%) contained one or more SSRs and from them, 489 EST-SSR primer pairs were developed. Among the EST-SSRs, 59.1% are trinucleotides, followed by dinucleotides (30%), tetranucleotides (6.4%), pentanucleotides (1.8%), and hexanucleotides (2.7%). AT/TA (18.4%) is the most frequent repeat, followed by CTT/GAA (5.3%), AG/TC (5.1%), AGA/TCT (4.9%), AGT/TCA (4.5%), and AAG/TTC (4.5%). One hundred and thirty EST-SSR loci were produced from 114 informative EST-SSR primer pairs, which generated polymorphism between our two mapping parents. Of these, 123 were integrated on our allotetraploid cotton genetic map, based on the cross [(TM-1xHai7124)TM-1]. EST-SSR markers were distributed over 20 chromosomes and 6 linkage groups in the map. These EST-SSR markers can be used in genetic mapping, identification of quantitative trait loci (QTLs), and comparative genomics studies of cotton.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping*
  • Chromosomes, Plant
  • Expressed Sequence Tags*
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Genetic Markers
  • Gossypium / genetics*
  • Gossypium / growth & development*
  • Microsatellite Repeats*
  • Polyploidy*
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid


  • Genetic Markers