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Crustacean ITS Phylogeny and PCR

Ari Kahn ak01706 at swt.edu
Wed Feb 5 21:36:11 EST 1997

I am looking at the phylogeny of the crustacean Triops using rDNA (ITS)
sequences.  DNA isolations of high molecular weight have been
successful.  However, our ITS amplifications are not working.  The
primers used were originally developed for fungus** and work in plants
very well.  We fear that amplification is not possible because of the
primer sequences.  Has anyone done any PCR work with crustaceans or
other animals on the ITS region and if so, can you suggest some
alternative primer sequences or a proven PCR method?  The sequences we
are using have the following sequences:

and was taken from the following reference:

Kim, K-J. and Jansen, R.K.  (1994)  Comparison of phylogenetic
hypotheses 	among different data sets in dwarf dandelions (Krigia ): 
additional 	information from internal transcribed spacer sequences of
nuclear 	ribosomal DNA.  Plant Syst. Evol.  190:  157-185.

**White, T. J., Burns, T., Lee, S., Taylor, J.  (199).  Amplification
and direct 	sequencing of fungal ribosomal RNA genes for phylogenetics. 
In Innis, 	M. A., Gelfand, D. H., Sninsky, J. J., White, T. J., (eds.), 
PCR protocols:  a 	guide to methods and applications, pp. 315-322. 
SanDiego, California.

Thank you,

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Ari Kahn
ak01706 at swt.edu

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