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08 2016 FEMS yeast research

Dissection of quantitative traits by bulk segregant mapping in a protoploid yeast species.


Sigwalt A, Caradec C, Brion C, Hou J, de Montigny J, Jung P, Fischer G, Llorente B, Friedrich A, Schacherer J


Since more than a decade ago, Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used as a model to dissect complex traits, revealing the genetic basis of a large number of traits in fine detail. However, to have a more global view of the genetic architecture of traits across species, the examination of the molecular basis of phenotypes within non-conventional species would undoubtedly be valuable. In this respect, the Saccharomycotina yeasts represent ideal and potential non-model organisms. Here we sought to assess the feasibility of genetic mapping by bulk segregant analysis in the protoploid Lachancea kluyveri (formerly S. kluyveri) yeast species, a distantly related species to S. cerevisiae For this purpose, we designed a fluorescent mating-type marker, compatible with any mating-competent strains representative of this species, to rapidly create a large population of haploid segregants (>10(5) cells). Quantitative trait loci can be mapped by selecting and sequencing an enriched pool of progeny with extreme phenotypic values. As a test bed, we applied this strategy and mapped the causal loci underlying halotolerance phenotypes in L. kluyveri Overall, this study demonstrates that bulk segregant mapping is a powerful way for investigating the genetic basis of natural variations in non-model yeast organisms and more precisely in L. kluyveri.

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