Presented at CSHL Genome Organization meeting 2022. myTags ISH probes overcome many technical challenges associated with genomic-derived alternatives.

Protocol for labeling of myTags immortal libraries (v2.2.)

Cultivated sweetpotato (Ipomoea batatas (L.) Lam.) from the family Convolvulaceae is a hexaploid species with 2n = 6x = 90, and has been controversial regarding its nature as an autopolyploid arising within a species or allopolyploid forming between species. Here, we developed oligonucleotide-based painting probes for two chromosomes of I.nil, a model diploid Ipomoea species. Using these probes, we revealed pairing behavior of homoeologous chromosomes in I. batatas and its two possible polyploid ancestral species, tetraploid I. tabascana (2n = 4x = 60) and hexaploid I. trifida (2n = 6x = 90). Chromosome painting analysis revealed a high percentage of quadrivalent formation in zygotene-pachytene cells of I. tabascana, which supported that I. tabascana was an autotetraploid likely derived by doubling of structurally similar and homologous genomes rather than a hybrid between I. batatas and I. trifida (2x). The high frequency of hexavalent/bivalent and tetravalent pairing was observed in I. trifida (6x) and I. batatas. However, the percentage of hexavalent pairing in I. trifida (6x) was far higher than that in I. batatas. Thus, present results tended to support that I. trifida (6x) was an autohexaploid, while I. batatas was more likely to be a segmental allohexaploid.


Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is one of the main sources of plant proteins in the Indian subcontinent and West Asia, where two different morphotypes, desi and kabuli, are grown. Despite the progress in genome mapping and sequencing, the knowledge of the chickpea genome at the chromosomal level, including the long-range molecular chromosome organization, is limited. Earlier cytogenetic studies in chickpea suffered from a limited number of cytogenetic landmarks and did not permit to identify individual chromosomes in the metaphase spreads or to anchor pseudomolecules to chromosomes in situ. In this study, we developed a system for fast molecular karyotyping for both morphotypes of cultivated chickpea. We demonstrate that even draft genome sequences are adequate to develop oligo-fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) barcodes for the identification of chromosomes and comparative analysis among closely related chickpea genotypes. Our results show the potential of oligo-FISH barcoding for the identification of structural changes in chromosomes, which accompanied genome diversification among chickpea cultivars. Moreover, oligo-FISH barcoding in chickpea pointed out some problematic, most probably wrongly assembled regions of the pseudomolecules of both kabuli and desi reference genomes. Thus, oligo-FISH appears as a powerful tool not only for comparative karyotyping but also for the validation of genome assemblies.