Identification of novel and robust internal control genes from Volvariella volvacea that are suitable for RT-qPCR in filamentous fungi

Yongxin Tao, Arend F. Van Peer, Qianhui Huang, Yanping Shao, Lei Zhang, Baogui Xie*, Yuji Jiang, Jian Zhu, Baogui Xie*

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Abstract

The selection of appropriate internal control genes (ICGs) is a crucial step in the normalization of real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) data. Housekeeping genes are habitually selected for this purpose, despite accumulating evidence on their instability. We screened for novel, robust ICGs in the mushroom forming fungus Volvariella volvacea. Nine commonly used and five newly selected ICGs were evaluated for expression stability using RT-qPCR data in eight different stages of the life cycle of V. volvacea. Three different algorithms consistently determined that three novel ICGs (SPRYp, Ras and Vps26) exhibited the highest expression stability in V. volvacea. Subsequent analysis of ICGs in twenty-four expression profiles from nine filamentous fungi revealed that Ras was the most stable ICG amongst the Basidiomycetous samples, followed by SPRYp, Vps26 and ACTB. Vps26 was expressed most stably within the analyzed data of Ascomycetes, followed by HH3 and β-TUB. No ICG was universally stable for all fungal species, or for all experimental conditions within a species. Ultimately, the choice of an ICG will depend on a specific set of experiments. This study provides novel, robust ICGs for Basidiomycetes and Ascomycetes. Together with the presented guiding principles, this enables the efficient selection of suitable ICGs for RT-qPCR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number29236
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

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