Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin
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Phylogenetic Relationship of Glycyrrhiza Plants Based on rbcL Sequences
Hiroaki HAYASHINoriko HOSONOMieko KONDONoboru HIRAOKAYasumasa IKESHIRO
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1998 Volume 21 Issue 7 Pages 782-783

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The nucleotide sequences of the ribulose-1, 5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase large subunit gene (rbcL) of Glycyrrhiza glabra, G. uralensis, G. inflata, G. echinata, and G. pallidiflora have been determined to construct the phylogenetic tree. In the phylogenetic tree based on the rbcL sequences, the five Glycyrrhiza species were divided into two groups : the three glycyrrhizin-producing species G. glabra, G. uralensis, and G. inflata; and the two glycyrrhizin-nonproducing species G. echinata and G. pallidiflora. Among the three glycyrrhizin-producing species, only two nucleotide substitutions were observed between the rbcL sequence of G. glabra and G. uralensis, and the sequence of G. uralensis was identical to that of G. inflata, indicating that the three glycyrrhizin-producing species are closely related.

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