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Assembly of the Boechera retrofracta Genome and Evolutionary Analysis of Apomixis-Associated Genes

Dobzhansky Center for Genome Bioinformatics, St. Petersburg State Universit, Sredniy Prospekt, 41, Vasilievsky Island, 199004 St. Petersburg, Russia
All-Russia Research Institute for Agricultural Microbiology, Podbelskogo sh. 3, Pushkin, 196608 St. Petersburg, Russia
Department of Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523; USA
University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley, NC 94720; USA
Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology. Sardar Patel road, 600036 Chennai, India
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, University of Zurich, Zollikerstrasse 107, 8008 Zurich; Switzerland
Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA 94598; USA
HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL 35806; USA
Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0338; USA
Department of Plant Embryology and Reproductive Biology, Komarov Botanical Institute RAS, 197376 St. Petersburg, Russia
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Genes 2018, 9(4), 185;
Received: 14 February 2018 / Revised: 21 March 2018 / Accepted: 22 March 2018 / Published: 28 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evolution and Biodiversity of the Plant Genome Architecture)
Closely related to the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, the genus Boechera is known to contain both sexual and apomictic species or accessions. Boechera retrofracta is a diploid sexually reproducing species and is thought to be an ancestral parent species of apomictic species. Here we report the de novo assembly of the B. retrofracta genome using short Illumina and Roche reads from 1 paired-end and 3 mate pair libraries. The distribution of 23-mers from the paired end library has indicated a low level of heterozygosity and the presence of detectable duplications and triplications. The genome size was estimated to be equal 227 Mb. N50 of the assembled scaffolds was 2.3 Mb. Using a hybrid approach that combines homology-based and de novo methods 27,048 protein-coding genes were predicted. Also repeats, transfer RNA (tRNA) and ribosomal RNA (rRNA) genes were annotated. Finally, genes of B. retrofracta and 6 other Brassicaceae species were used for phylogenetic tree reconstruction. In addition, we explored the histidine exonuclease APOLLO locus, related to apomixis in Boechera, and proposed model of its evolution through the series of duplications. An assembled genome of B. retrofracta will help in the challenging assembly of the highly heterozygous genomes of hybrid apomictic species. View Full-Text
Keywords: Boechera; Brassicaceae; genome; assembly; annotation; apomixis Boechera; Brassicaceae; genome; assembly; annotation; apomixis
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Kliver, S.; Rayko, M.; Komissarov, A.; Bakin, E.; Zhernakova, D.; Prasad, K.; Rushworth, C.; Baskar, R.; Smetanin, D.; Schmutz, J.; Rokhsar, D.S.; Mitchell-Olds, T.; Grossniklaus, U.; Brukhin, V. Assembly of the Boechera retrofracta Genome and Evolutionary Analysis of Apomixis-Associated Genes. Genes 2018, 9, 185.

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