Genome-Wide Comparative Analysis of Microsatellites in Pineapple

Jingping Fang, Chenyong Miao, Rukai Chen, Ray Ming

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Pineapple (Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill) is the second most important tropical fruit in term of international trade. The availability of whole genomic sequences and expressed sequence tags (ESTs) offers an opportunity to identify and characterize microsatellite or simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers in pineapple. A total of 278,245 SSRs and 41,962 SSRs with an overall density of 728.57 SSRs/Mb and 619.37 SSRs/Mb were mined from genomic and ESTs sequences, respectively. 5′-untranslated regions (5′-UTRs) had the greatest amount of SSRs, 3.6–5.2 fold higher SSR density than other regions. For repeat length, 12 bp was the predominant repeat length in both assembled genome and ESTs. Class I SSRs were underrepresented compared with class II SSRs. For motif length, dinucleotide repeats were the most abundant in genomic sequences, whereas trinucleotides were the most common motif in ESTs. Tri- and hexanucleotides of total SSRs were more prevalent in ESTs than in the whole genome. The SSR frequency decreased dramatically as repeat times increased. AT was the most frequent single motif across the entire genome while AG was the most abundant motif in ESTs. Across six examined plant species, the pineapple genome displayed the highest density, substantially more than the second-place cucumber. Annotation and expression analyses were also conducted for genes containing SSRs. This thorough analysis of SSR markers in pineapple provided valuable information on the frequency and distribution of SSRs in the pineapple genome. This genomic resource will expedite genomic research and pineapple improvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)117-135
Number of pages19
JournalTropical Plant Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016


  • Ananas comosus (L.) Merrill
  • Expressed sequence tag (EST)
  • Expression patterns
  • Motif
  • Repeat
  • Simple sequence repeats (SSRs)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Plant Science

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