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Assigning the Sex-Specific Markers via Genotyping-by-Sequencing onto the Y Chromosome for a Torrent Frog Amolops mantzorum

by Wei Luo 1,2, Yun Xia 1, Bisong Yue 2 and Xiaomao Zeng 1,*
Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Chengdu 610041, China
Key Laboratory of Bio-Resources and Eco-Environment of Ministry of Education, College of Life Sciences, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Genes 2020, 11(7), 727;
Received: 11 May 2020 / Revised: 24 June 2020 / Accepted: 25 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
We used a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) approach to identify sex-linked markers in a torrent frog (Amolops mantzorum), using 21 male and 19 female wild-caught individuals from the same population. A total of 141 putatively sex-linked markers were screened from 1,015,964 GBS-tags via three approaches, respectively based on sex differences in allele frequencies, sex differences in heterozygosity, and sex-limited occurrence. With validations, 69 sex-linked markers were confirmed, all of which point to male heterogamety. The male specificity of eight sex markers was further verified by PCR amplifications, with a large number of additional individuals covering the whole geographic distribution of the species. Y chromosome (No. 5) was microdissected under a light microscope and amplified by whole-genome amplification, and a draft Y genome was assembled. Of the 69 sex-linked markers, 55 could be mapped to the Y chromosome assembly (i.e., 79.7%). Thus, chromosome 5 could be added as a candidate to the chromosomes that are particularly favored for recruitment in sex-determination in frogs. Three sex-linked markers that mapped onto the Y chromosome were aligned to three different promoter regions of the Rana rugosa CYP19A1 gene, which might be considered as a candidate gene for triggering sex-determination in A. mantzorum. View Full-Text
Keywords: sex chromosomes; GBS; sex-linked markers; Amolops mantzorum sex chromosomes; GBS; sex-linked markers; Amolops mantzorum
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Luo, W.; Xia, Y.; Yue, B.; Zeng, X. Assigning the Sex-Specific Markers via Genotyping-by-Sequencing onto the Y Chromosome for a Torrent Frog Amolops mantzorum. Genes 2020, 11, 727.

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