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Karyotype Variability and Inter-Population Genomic Differences in Freshwater Ostracods (Crustacea) Showing Geographical Parthenogenesis

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Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Hradec Králové, 500 03 Hradec Králové, Czech Republic
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Department Biology II—Institute for Anthropology and Human Genetics, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, 82152 Planegg-Martinsried, Germany
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Research Institute for Limnology, University of Innsbruck, 5310 Mondsee, Austria
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Institute of Plant Molecular Biology, Biology Centre CAS, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
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Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences, Department of Freshwater Biology, Vautier Street 29, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium
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Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK
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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Ludwig-Maximilian University, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Department of Microbiology and Ecology, University of Valencia, 46100 Valencia, Spain
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Institute of Human Genetics, Munich University Hospital, Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, 80336 Munich, Germany
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Genes 2018, 9(3), 150; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes9030150
Received: 1 December 2017 / Revised: 11 February 2018 / Accepted: 14 February 2018 / Published: 8 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chromosomal Evolution)
Transitions from sexual to asexual reproduction are often associated with polyploidy and increased chromosomal plasticity in asexuals. We investigated chromosomes in the freshwater ostracod species Eucypris virens (Jurine, 1820), where sexual, asexual and mixed populations can be found. Our initial karyotyping of multiple populations from Europe and North Africa, both sexual and asexual, revealed a striking variability in chromosome numbers. This would suggest that chromosomal changes are likely to be accelerated in asexuals because the constraints of meiosis are removed. Hence, we employed comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) within and among sexual and asexual populations to get insights into E. virens genome arrangements. CGH disclosed substantial genomic imbalances among the populations analyzed, and three patterns of genome arrangement between these populations: 1. Only putative ribosomal DNA (rDNA)-bearing regions were conserved in the two populations compared indicating a high sequence divergence between these populations. This pattern is comparable with our findings at the interspecies level of comparison; 2. Chromosomal regions were shared by both populations to a varying extent with a distinct copy number variation in pericentromeric and presumable rDNA-bearing regions. This indicates a different rate of evolution in repetitive sequences; 3. A mosaic pattern of distribution of genomic material that can be explained as non-reciprocal genetic introgression and evidence of a hybrid origin of these individuals. We show an overall increased chromosomal dynamics in E. virens that is complementary with available phylogenetic and population genetic data reporting highly differentiated diploid sexual and asexual lineages with a wide variety of genetic backgrounds. View Full-Text
Keywords: freshwater ostracods; asexuality; reproductive modes; geographical parthenogenesis; comparative genomic hybridization; chromosome numbers; karyotype freshwater ostracods; asexuality; reproductive modes; geographical parthenogenesis; comparative genomic hybridization; chromosome numbers; karyotype
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Symonová, R.; Vrbová, I.; Lamatsch, D.K.; Paar, J.; Matzke-Karasz, R.; Schmit, O.; Martens, K.; Müller, S. Karyotype Variability and Inter-Population Genomic Differences in Freshwater Ostracods (Crustacea) Showing Geographical Parthenogenesis. Genes 2018, 9, 150.

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