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Keywords:

  • Barley;
  • Tubulins;
  • Expression;
  • Development

Abstract

Tubulins are encoded by small gene families in plants. Based on the barley EST collection, cDNAs for α-, β-, and γ-tubulins were selected. Five genes for α-tubulin, eight newly identified β-tubulin sequences and one γ-tubulin gene were found to be expressed in barley. In silico analysis of relative abundance of the distinct tubulin sequences among ESTs derived from different libraries revealed that the various tubulin genes differed in their level of expression, and to some extent were tissue specific.