In this study, we report the complete chloroplast sequence of Oberonia japonica (Maxim.) Makino (Orchidaceae) (NCBI acc. no. KX871235), which is an endangered plant species currently protected by the National Law of Korea. The gene order and content of the O. japonica plastome are similar to those of a typical orchid plastome. The 11 ndh genes are pseudogenized or lost completely from the plastome of O. japonica. The plastome contains 102 genes, of which 68 are protein-coding genes, 30 and four are transfer RNA (tRNA) and ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes, respectively. Sixteen genes contain one intron and two genes (clpP and ycf3) have two introns. The complete plastome is 142,996 bp long and consists of one large and small single copy each of 81,669 and 10,969 bp, respectively, separated by two inverted repeats of 25,179 bp. The AT content of the O. japonica plastome is 62.6%. Sixty-five simple sequence repeat (SSR) loci, consisting of 56 mono-SSR, seven di-SSR, and two tri-SSR are scattered along the O. japonica plastome. Some of these plastome SSR loci may be useful for developing genetic markers for the O. japonica populations. Phylogenetic analysis has shown that O. japonica is a member of the Malaxideae. The genus Oberonia forms a monophyletic clade with Dendrobium.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by a genome research grant for endangered species in Korea from the National Institute of Biological Resources [NIBR 201603203]. Addition funds also provided by the National Research Foundation of Korea [NRF-2015M3A9B8030588 and NRF-2015M3A9B8047398] to KJK.
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- Oberonia japonica
- endangered species
- ndh gene family loss
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Biology