Pillitteri, L.J., Lovatt, C.J. and Walling, L.L.
Notes: The authors identified a TERMINAL FLOWER homolog, CsTFL, in Washington navel oranges (Citrus sinensis) and investigated its role and the role of other genes in juvenility and flower production. The CsTFL gene was amplified from genomic DNA using PCR and degenerate primers, and amplification products were cloned into the pGEM®-T Easy Vector. The resulting clones were sequenced using the fmol® DNA Cycle Sequencing System. The CsTFL cDNA was amplified by RT-PCR, using 4 µg of total RNA from whole flowers and ImProm-II™ Reverse Transcriptase. The amplified cDNA was then cloned into the pGEM®-T Easy Vector. To evaluate CsTFL gene copy number and allele origins, the authors performed a Southern blot with 10 µg of genomic DNA and a CsTFL probe labeled with the Prime-a-Gene® Labeling System. To characterize CsTFL expression in various citrus tissues, RT-PCR was performed with 2 µg of total RNA and ImProm-II™ Reverse Transcriptase. The levels of CsTFL RNA and other RNAs were determined by cDNA synthesis using ImProm-II™ Reverse Transcriptase, followed by real-time PCR. Amplification products were quantitated by SYBR® Green fluorescence. Standard curves for each real-time PCR target were generated using known amounts of in vitro transcribed RNA. Prior to reverse transcription and real-time PCR, total RNA samples were treated with RQ1 RNase-Free DNase to remove DNA contaminants. (3650)