The design of oligonucleotide primers for the universal amplification of the N-acetylglucosaminidase gene (nag1) in Chytridiomycetes with emphasis on the anaerobic Neocallimastigales.

Fliegerová K, Hoffmann K, Mrázek J, Voigt K (2008) The design of oligonucleotide primers for the universal amplification of the N-acetylglucosaminidase gene (nag1) in Chytridiomycetes with emphasis on the anaerobic Neocallimastigales. Folia Microbiol (Praha) 53(3), 209-213.

Abstract

The common feature of all chytridiomycetous fungi, aerobic as well as anaerobic, is an abundance of chitin in their cell wall. The genes coding for chitinases have therefore been widely used as phylogenetic markers in ascomycetes. As their utility for Chytridiomycetes has not been determined we chose the gene encoding an enzyme involved in chitin degradation and energy metabolism, the beta-(1,4)-N-acetylglucosaminidase (nag1). Primer pair Nag-forward and Nag-reverse was used to create PCR product from 5 strains of anaerobic and 7 strains of aerobic chytrids. However, Blast search of sequenced amplicons showed that these primers are specific only for fungus Emericella nidulans. Amino acid alignment of Nag1 proteins of fungal, protozoal and bacterial origin available in GenBank database was therefore performed. Five amino acid regions were found to be conserved enough to serve as a suitable domain for the design of a set of primers for the universal amplification of the nag1 gene in the Neocallimastigales fungi.

Leibniz-HKI-Authors

Kerstin Voigt
Kerstin Kaerger

Identifier

doi: 10.1007/s12223-008-0027-9

PMID: 18661293