Project description:Reconstruction and annotation of transcripts, particularly for a species without reference genome, plays a critical role in gene discovery, investigation of genomic signatures, and genome annotation in the pre-genomic era. This study generated 33,330 full-length transcripts of diploid M. anguillicaudatus using PacBio SMRT Sequencing. A total of 6,918 gene families were identified with two or more isoforms, and 26,683 complete ORFs with an average length of 1,497?bp were detected. Totally, 1,208 high-confidence lncRNAs were identified, and most of these appeared to be precursor transcripts of miRNAs or snoRNAs. Phylogenetic tree of the Misgurnus species was inferred based on the 1,905 single copy orthologous genes. The tetraploid and diploid M. anguillicaudatus grouped into a clade, and M. bipartitus showed a closer relationship with the M. anguillicaudatus. The overall evolutionary rates of tetraploid M. anguillicaudatus were significantly higher than those of other Misgurnus species. Meanwhile, 28 positively selected genes were identified in M. anguillicaudatus clade. These positively selected genes may play critical roles in the adaptation to various habitat environments for M. anguillicaudatus. This study could facilitate further exploration of the genomic signatures of M. anguillicaudatus and provide potential insights into unveiling the evolutionary history of tetraploid loach.
Project description:<i>Misgurnus anguillicaudatus</i> is a highly valued, aquaculture-relevant food fish in East Asian countries. Because of overfishing and environmental pollution, the number of wild Taihu loach has been sharply decreased in these years. In this study, the complete mitochondrial genome of Taihu loach was obtained by PCR. The genome is 16,646?bp in length, including 2 ribosomal RNA genes. Thirteen proteins-coding genes, 22 transfer RNA genes, and a non-coding control region, the gene composition and order of which was similar to most reported from other vertebrates. Sequence analysis showed that the overall base composition is 29.8% for A, 28.2% for T, 25.7% for C, and 16.3% for G. The phylogenetic tree showed that Misgurnus family got together for one branch, which includes Taihu <i>M. anguillicaudatus</i>, and the other loaches had their own branches. Also the mitochondrial genome sequence of <i>M. anguillicaudatus</i> were aligned by BLAST, compared with Cobitinae the sequence similarity could reach?>94%, and the similarity to Misgurnus was?>99%.
Project description:The co-existence of several ploidy types in natural populations makes the cyprinid loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus an exciting model system to study the genetic and phenotypic consequences of ploidy variations. A first step in such effort is to identify the specific ploidy of an individual. Currently popular methods of karyotyping via cytological preparation or flow cytometry require a large amount of tissue (such as blood) samples, which can be damaging or fatal to the fishes. Here, we developed novel microsatellite markers (SSR markers) from M. anguillicaudatus and show that they can effectively discriminate ploidy using samples collected in a minimally invasive way. Specifically, we generated whole genome transcriptomes from multiple M. anguillicaudatus using the Illumina paired-end sequencing. Approximately 150 million raw reads were assembled into 76,544 non-redundant unigenes. A total of 8,194 potential SSR markers were identified. We selected 98 pairs with more than five tandem repeats for further assays. Out of 45 putative EST-SSR markers that successfully amplified and harbored polymorphism in diploids, 11 markers displayed high variability in tetraploids. We further demonstrate that a set of five EST-SSR markers selected from these are sufficient to distinguish ploidy levels, by first validating them on 69 reference specimens with known ploidy levels and then subsequently using fresh-collected 96 ploidy-unknown specimens. The results from EST-SSR markers are highly concordant with those from independent flow cytometry analysis. The novel EST-SSR markers developed here should facilitate genetic studies of polyploidy in the emerging model system M. anguillicaudatus.
Project description:Misgurnus anguillicaudatus has several natural ploidy types. To investigate whether nuclear polyploidy have an impact on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), the complete mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) of five distinct ploidy M. anguillicaudatus (natural diploid, triploid, tetraploid, pentaploid and hexaploid), which were collected in central China, were sequenced and analyzed. The five mitogenomes share the same gene arrangement and have similar gene size, base composition and codon usage pattern. The most variable regions of the mitogenome were the protein-coding genes, especially the ND4L (5.39% mutation rate). Most variations occurred in tetraploids. The phylogenetic tree showed that the tetraploid M. anguillicaudatus separated early from other ploidy loaches. Meanwhile, the mitogenomes from pentaploids, and hexaploids have the closest phylogenetic relations, but far from that of tetraploids, implying that pentaploids and hexaploids could not be formed from tetraploids, possibly from the diploids and triploids. The genus Misgurnus species were divided into two divergent inter-genus clades, and the five ploidy M. anguillicaudatus were monophyletic, which support the hypotheses about the mitochondrial introgression in loach species.