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  • Cardoso-Moreira, Margarida, et al. (författare)
  • Gene expression across mammalian organ development
  • 2019
  • Ingår i: Nature. - : NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP. - 0028-0836 .- 1476-4687. ; 571:7766, s. 505-
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • The evolution of gene expression in mammalian organ development remains largely uncharacterized. Here we report the transcriptomes of seven organs (cerebrum, cerebellum, heart, kidney, liver, ovary and testis) across developmental time points from early organogenesis to adulthood for human, rhesus macaque, mouse, rat, rabbit, opossum and chicken. Comparisons of gene expression patterns identified correspondences of developmental stages across species, and differences in the timing of key events during the development of the gonads. We found that the breadth of gene expression and the extent of purifying selection gradually decrease during development, whereas the amount of positive selection and expression of new genes increase. We identified differences in the temporal trajectories of expression of individual genes across species, with brain tissues showing the smallest percentage of trajectory changes, and the liver and testis showing the largest. Our work provides a resource of developmental transcriptomes of seven organs across seven species, and comparative analyses that characterize the development and evolution of mammalian organs.
  • Ettema, Thijs J. G., et al. (författare)
  • Rolf Bernander (1956-2014) : pioneer of the archaeal cell cycle Obituary
  • 2014
  • Ingår i: Molecular Microbiology. - : Wiley-Blackwell. - 0950-382X .- 1365-2958. ; 92:5, s. 903-909
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • On 19 January 2014 Rolf (Roffe') Bernander passed away unexpectedly. Rolf was a dedicated scientist; his research aimed at unravelling the cell biology of the archaeal domain of life, especially cell cycle-related questions, but he also made important contributions in other areas of microbiology. Rolf had a professor position in the Molecular Evolution programme at Uppsala University, Sweden for about 8 years, and in January 2013 he became chair professor at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute at Stockholm University in Sweden. Rolf was an exceptional colleague and will be deeply missed by his family and friends, and the colleagues and co-workers that he leaves behind in the scientific community. He will be remembered for his endless enthusiasm for science, his analytical mind, and his quirky sense of humour.
  • Guschanski, Katerina, et al. (författare)
  • The evolution of duplicate gene expression in mammalian organs
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Genome Research. - 1088-9051 .- 1549-5469. ; 27:9, s. 1461-1474
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Gene duplications generate genomic raw material that allows the emergence of novel functions, likely facilitating adaptive evolutionary innovations. However, global assessments of the functional and evolutionary relevance of duplicate genes in mammals were until recently limited by the lack of appropriate comparative data. Here, we report a large-scale study of the expression evolution of DNA-based functional gene duplicates in three major mammalian lineages (placental mammals, marsupials, egg-laying monotremes) and birds, on the basis of RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) data from nine species and eight organs. We observe dynamic changes in tissue expression preference of paralogs with different duplication ages, suggesting differential contribution of paralogs to specific organ functions during vertebrate evolution. Specifically, we show that paralogs that emerged in the common ancestor of bony vertebrates are enriched for genes with brain-specific expression and provide evidence for differential forces underlying the preferential emergence of young testis-and liver-specific expressed genes. Further analyses uncovered that the overall spatial expression profiles of gene families tend to be conserved, with several exceptions of pronounced tissue specificity shifts among lineage-specific gene family expansions. Finally, we trace new lineage-specific genes that may have contributed to the specific biology of mammalian organs, including the little-studied placenta. Overall, our study provides novel and taxonomically broad evidence for the differential contribution of duplicate genes to tissue-specific transcriptomes and for their importance for the phenotypic evolution of vertebrates.
  • Hillier, Ladeana W, et al. (författare)
  • Sequence and comparative analysis of the chicken genome provide unique perspectives on vertebrate evolution
  • 2004
  • Ingår i: Nature. - 0028-0836 .- 1476-4687. ; 432:7018, s. 695-716
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • We present here a draft genome sequence of the red jungle fowl, Gallus gallus. Because the chicken is a modern descendant of the dinosaurs and the first non-mammalian amniote to have its genome sequenced, the draft sequence of its genome--composed of approximately one billion base pairs of sequence and an estimated 20,000-23,000 genes--provides a new perspective on vertebrate genome evolution, while also improving the annotation of mammalian genomes. For example, the evolutionary distance between chicken and human provides high specificity in detecting functional elements, both non-coding and coding. Notably, many conserved non-coding sequences are far from genes and cannot be assigned to defined functional classes. In coding regions the evolutionary dynamics of protein domains and orthologous groups illustrate processes that distinguish the lineages leading to birds and mammals. The distinctive properties of avian microchromosomes, together with the inferred patterns of conserved synteny, provide additional insights into vertebrate chromosome architecture.
  • Lamichhaney, Sangeet, 1984- (författare)
  • The genetic basis for adaptation in natural populations
  • 2016
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • Many previous studies in evolutionary genetics have been based on few model organisms that can be reared at ease in the laboratory. In contrast, genetic studies of non-model, natural populations are desirable as they provide a wider range of adaptive phenotypes throughout evolutionary timescales and allow a more realistic understanding of how natural selection drives adaptive evolution. This thesis represents an example of how modern genomic tools can be effectively used to study adaptation in natural populations.Atlantic herring is one of the world’s most numerous fish having multiple populations with phenotypic differences adapted to strikingly different environments. Our study demonstrated insignificant level of genetic drift in herring that resulted in minute genetic differences in the majority of the genome among these populations. In contrast, a small percentage of the loci showed striking genetic differentiation that were potentially under natural selection. We identified loci associated with adaptation to the Baltic Sea and with seasonal reproduction (spring- and autumn-spawning) and demonstrated that ecological adaptation in Atlantic herring is highly polygenic but controlled by a finite number of loci.The study of Darwin’s finches constitutes a breakthrough in characterizing their evolution. We identified two loci, ALX1 and HMGA2, which most likely are the two most prominent loci that contributed to beak diversification and thereby to expanded food utilization. These loci have played a key role in adaptive evolution of Darwin’s finches. Our study also demonstrated that interspecies gene flow played a significant role in the radiation of Darwin’s finches and some species have a mixed ancestry.This thesis also explored the genetic basis for the remarkable phenotypic differences between three male morphs in the ruff. Identification of two different versions of a 4.5 MB inversion in Satellites and Faeders that occurred about 4 million years ago revealed clues about the genetic foundation of male mating strategies in ruff. We highlighted two genes in the inverted region; HSD17B2 that affects metabolism of testosterone and MC1R that has a key role in regulating pigmentation, as the major loci associated with this adaptation.
  • Meunier, Julien, et al. (författare)
  • Birth and expression evolution of mammalian microRNA genes
  • 2013
  • Ingår i: Genome Research. - 1088-9051 .- 1549-5469. ; 23:1, s. 34-45
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are major post-transcriptional regulators of gene expression, yet their origins and functional evolution in mammals remain little understood due to the lack of appropriate comparative data. Using RNA sequencing, we have generated extensive and comparable miRNA data for five organs in six species that represent all main mammalian lineages and birds (the evolutionary outgroup) with the aim to unravel the evolution of mammalian miRNAs. Our analyses reveal an overall expansion of miRNA repertoires in mammals, with threefold accelerated birth rates of miRNA families in placentals and marsupials, facilitated by the de novo emergence of miRNAs in host gene introns. Generally, our analyses suggest a high rate of miRNA family turnover in mammals with many newly emerged miRNA families being lost soon after their formation. Selectively preserved mammalian miRNA families gradually evolved higher expression levels, as well as altered mature sequences and target gene repertoires, and were apparently mainly recruited to exert regulatory functions in nervous tissues. However, miRNAs that originated on the X chromosome evolved high expression levels and potentially diverse functions during spermatogenesis, including meiosis, through selectively driven duplication-divergence processes. Overall, our study thus provides detailed insights into the birth and evolution of mammalian miRNA genes and the associated selective forces.
  • Warnefors, Maria, et al. (författare)
  • Sex-biased microRNA expression in mammals and birds reveals underlying regulatory mechanisms and a role in dosage compensation
  • 2017
  • Ingår i: Genome Research. - : COLD SPRING HARBOR LAB PRESS, PUBLICATIONS DEPT. - 1088-9051 .- 1549-5469. ; 27:12, s. 1961-1973
  • Tidskriftsartikel (refereegranskat)abstract
    • Sexual dimorphism depends on sex-biased gene expression, but the contributions of microRNAs (miRNAs) have not been globally assessed. We therefore produced an extensive small RNA sequencing data set to analyze male and female miRNA expression profiles in mouse, opossum, and chicken. Our analyses uncovered numerous cases of somatic sex-biased miRNA expression, with the largest proportion found in the mouse heart and liver. Sex-biased expression is explained by miRNA-specific regulation, including sex-biased chromatin accessibility at promoters, rather than piggybacking of intronic miRNAs on sex-biased protein-coding genes. In mouse, but not opossum and chicken, sex bias is coordinated across tissues such that autosomal testis-biased miRNAs tend to be somatically male-biased, whereas autosomal ovary-biased miRNAs are female-biased, possibly due to broad hormonal control. In chicken, which has a Z/W sex chromosome system, expression output of genes on the Z Chromosome is expected to be male-biased, since there is no global dosage compensation mechanism that restores expression in ZW females after almost all genes on the W Chromosome decayed. Nevertheless, we found that the dominant liver miRNA, miR-122-5p, is Z-linked but expressed in an unbiased manner, due to the unusual retention of a W-linked copy. Another Z-linked miRNA, the male-biased miR-2954-3p, shows conserved preference for dosage-sensitive genes on the Z Chromosome, based on computational and experimental data from chicken and zebra finch, and acts to equalize male-to-female expression ratios of its targets. Unexpectedly, our findings thus establish miRNA regulation as a novel gene-specific dosage compensation mechanism.
  • Zody, Michael C., 1968- (författare)
  • Investigation of Mechanics of Mutation and Selection by Comparative Sequencing
  • 2009
  • Doktorsavhandling (övrigt vetenskapligt)abstract
    • The process of evolution is of both scientific and medical interest. This thesis presents several studies using complete genomic reference sequences, comparative genomic data, and intraspecific diversity data to study the two key processes of evolution: mutation and selection. Large duplications, deletions, inversions, and translocations of DNA contribute to genomic variation both between and within species. Human chromosomes 15 and 17 contain a high percentage of dispersed, recently duplicated sequences. Examination of the relationships between these sequences showed that the majority of all duplications within each chromosome could be linked through core sequences that are prone to duplication. Comparison to orthologous sequences in other mammals allowed a reconstruction of the ancestral state of the human chromosomes, revealing that regions of rearrangement specific to the human lineage are highly enriched in chromosome-specific duplications. Comparison to copy number variation data from other studies also shows that these regions are enriched in current human structural variation. One specific region, the MAPT locus at 17q21.31, known to contain an inversion polymorphism in Europeans, was resequenced completely across both human orientation haplotypes and in chimpanzee and orangutan, revealing complex duplication structures at the inversion breakpoints, with the human region being more complex than chimpanzee or orangutan. Fluorescent in-situ hybridization analysis of human, chimpanzee, and orangutan chromosomes showed inversion polymorphisms of independent origin in all three species, demonstrating that this region has been a hotspot of genomic rearrangement for at least twelve million years. These results reveal a mechanistic relationship between sequence duplication and rearrangement in the great apes. We also generated a draft sequence of the chimpanzee genome and compared it to that of the human. Among other findings, this showed that CpG dinucleotides contribute 25% of all single base mutations, with a rate of mutation ~10-fold that of other bases, and that the male mutation rate in great apes is ~5-6 times the female rate, a higher ratio than had been observed in comparisons of primates and rodents. We detected six regions of probable recent positive selection in humans with a statistical method relying on chimpanzee sequence to control for regional variation in mutation rates. Finally, resequencing of several lines of domestic chicken and comparison to the reference chicken genome identified a number of gene deletions fixed in domestic lines and also several potential selective sweeps. Of particular interest are a missense mutation in TSHR nearly fixed in all domestic chickens and a partial deletion of SH3RF2 fixed in a high growth line. The TSHR mutation may play a role in relaxation of seasonal reproduction. A high-resolution QTL mapping experiment showed that the SH3RF2 deletion is significantly associated with increased growth. This work provides important new insights into the mechanics of evolutionary change at both the single nucleotide and structural level and identifies potential targets of natural and artificial selection in humans and chickens.
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