Robert Gromadka

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Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is the world's most important non-grain food crop and is central to global food security. It is clonally propagated, highly heterozygous, autotetraploid, and suffers acute inbreeding depression. Here we use a homozygous doubled-monoploid potato clone to sequence and assemble 86% of the 844-megabase genome. We predict 39,031(More)
We report a random survey of 1 to 2% of the somatic genome of the free-living ciliate Paramecium tetraurelia by single-run sequencing of the ends of plasmid inserts. As in all ciliates, the germ line genome of Paramecium (100 to 200 Mb) is reproducibly rearranged at each sexual cycle to produce a somatic genome of expressed or potentially expressed genes,(More)
Paramecium, like other ciliates, remodels its entire germline genome at each sexual generation to produce a somatic genome stripped of transposons and other multicopy elements. The germline chromosomes are fragmented by a DNA elimination process that targets heterochromatin to give a reproducible set of some 200 linear molecules 50 kb to 1 Mb in size. These(More)
In 1993, a pilot project for the functional analysis of newly discovered open reading frames, presumably coding for proteins, from yeast chromosome III was launched by the European Community. In the frame of this programme, we have developed a large-scale screening for the identification of gene/protein functions via systematic phenotypic analysis. To this(More)
A new 1150 amino acids long open reading frame (ORF), coding for an essential protein of unknown function was found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by sequencing 3754 bp of geonomic DNA. The clone was isolated in a search for a fatty acid-binding protein (FABP) and was localized on chromosome IX. The ORF bears no homology to FABP, but it shows weak similarity(More)
A consortium of laboratories undertook a pilot sequencing project to gain insight into the genome of Paramecium. Plasmid-end sequencing of DNA fragments from the somatic nucleus together with similarity searches identified 722 potential protein-coding genes. High gene density and uniform small intron size make random sequencing of somatic chromosomes a(More)
A PCR-based method for targeted gene deletion by kanMX4 module was used to construct complete deletion mutants of six individual open reading frames from chromosome II: YBR128c, YBR131w, YBR133c, YBR137w, YBR138c and YBR142w. The ORFs were deleted in two diploid strains, FY1679 and W303. Sporulation and tetrad analysis revealed that only one ORF, YBR142w,(More)
Potato is a member of the Solanaceae, a plant family that includes several other economically important species, such as tomato, eggplant, petunia, tobacco and pepper. The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium (PGSC) aims to elucidate the complete genome sequence of potato, the third most important food crop in the world. The PGSC is a collaboration between(More)
The newly discovered Saccharomyces cerevisiae gene KRR1 (YCL059c) encodes a protein essential for cell viability. Krr1p contains a motif of clustered basic amino acids highly conserved in the evolutionarly distant species from yeast to human. We demonstrate that Krr1p is localized in the nucleolus. The KRR1 gene is highly expressed in dividing cells and its(More)
Plasmid pSinA of Sinorhizobium sp. M14 (Alphaproteobacteria) is the first described, natural, self-transferable plasmid harboring a complete set of genes for oxidation of arsenite. Removal of this plasmid from cells of the host strain caused the loss of resistance to arsenic and heavy metals (Cd, Co, Zn and Hg) and abolished the ability to grow on minimal(More)