Jason W. Lilly

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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a unicellular eukaryotic alga possessing a single chloroplast that is widely used as a model system for the study of photosynthetic processes. This report analyzes the surprising structural and evolutionary features of the completely sequenced 203,395-bp plastid chromosome. The genome is divided by 21.2-kb inverted repeats into(More)
Previously conducted sequence analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana (ecotype Columbia-0) reported an insertion of 270-kb mtDNA into the pericentric region on the short arm of chromosome 2. DNA fiber-based fluorescence in situ hybridization analyses reveal that the mtDNA insert is 618 +/- 42 kb, approximately 2.3 times greater than that determined by contig(More)
A DNA fiber-based fluorescence in situ hybridization (fiber-FISH) technique was developed to analyze the structure and organization of a large number of intact chloroplast DNA (cpDNA) molecules from Arabidopsis, tobacco, and pea. Using this cytogenomic approach, we determined that 25 to 45% of the cpDNA within developing leaf tissue consists of circular(More)
The cucumber mitochondrial genome is unique because of its large size, paternal transmission, and the existence of a paternally transmitted mosaic (MSC) phenotype spontaneously appearing after independent tissue culture experiments. Transmission studies eliminated paternal imprinting as the genetic basis for the MSC phenotype. We identified a 13 kb region(More)
Closely related cucurbit species possess eightfold differences in the sizes of their mitochondrial genomes. We cloned mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) fragments showing strong hybridization signals to cucumber mtDNA and little or no signal to watermelon mtDNA. The cucumber mtDNA clones carried short (30-53 bp), repetitive DNA motifs that were often degenerate,(More)
The Chlamydomonas reinhardtii plastid and mitochondrial transcriptomes were surveyed for changes in RNA profiles resulting from growth in 12 culture conditions representing 8 abiotic stimuli. Organellar RNA abundance exhibited marked changes during nutrient stress and exposure to UV light, as revealed by both RNA gel blot and DNA microarray analyses. Of(More)
Restriction-enzyme analysis of the chloroplast (cp) DNA yielded maternal phylogenies supporting a close phylogenetic relationship among normal (N) male-fertile and male-sterile (S) cytoplasmic bulb onion (Allium cepa), Allium altaicum, Allium fistulosum, Allium galanthum, Allium roylei, and Allium vavilovii. The S cytoplasm of onion is most likely an alien(More)
The cloning and propagation of large DNA fragments as bacterial artificial chromosomes (BACs) has become a valuable technique in genome research. BAC clones are highly stable in the host, Escherichia coli, a major advantage over yeast artificial chromosomes (YACs) in which recombination-induced instability is a major drawback. Here we report that BAC clones(More)
Plants possess three major genomes, carried in the chloroplast, mitochondrion, and nucleus. The chloroplast genomes of higher plants tend to be of similar sizes and structure. In contrast both the nuclear and mitochondrial genomes show great size differences, even among closely related species. The largest plant mitochondrial genomes exist in the genus(More)
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