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Transcriptome of larva and adult lanterns and larvae fatty body of Elateroidea (Coleoptera)

Grant number: 14/20176-9
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry - Molecular Biology
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Vadim Viviani
Grantee:Danilo Trabuco Do Amaral
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias para a Sustentabilidade (CCTS). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). Sorocaba , SP, Brazil
Associated scholarship(s):17/20734-0 - Genome sequencing and assembly of Phrixotrhix hirtus (Phengodidae: Coleoptera), BE.EP.PD   15/25051-2 - Transcriptome profile of Orfelia fultoni (Diptera: Keroplatidae): investigating genes and routes involved with bioluminescence in Diptera., BE.EP.PD


The Bioluminescence in beetles is mainly found in the superfamily Elateroidea. Although the biochemistry of the bioluminescent system and the morphology of the fireflies lanterns are well studied, the origin and evolution of lanterns in different families is not well understood. Furthermore, the biosynthetic origin of luciferin, a benzotiazolic compound which is a substrate for the bioluminescence reaction, remains unknown. It was demonstrated that the fat body of Aspisoma lineatum larvae (Lampyridae) produces low levels of bioluminescence, suggesting that the photogenic tissue originated from the fat body, and the lanterns originated subsequent for a selection pressure to the specialization of an emitting light organ. Thus, this work aims a comparative study of transcriptomes of lanterns and fat body of A. lineatum larvae and adults and other bioluminescent Elateroidea, allowing the observation of which features differentiate the photogenic and non-photogenic tissues in terms of molecular physiology. Such results would help to a better understanding of the ontogenetic origin and molecular evolution of lanterns in different families of bioluminescent beetles, and to identify the potential targets involved in the biosynthesis of luciferin and bioluminescence control. (AU)

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Scientific publications (6)
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AMARAL, DANILO T.; JOHNSON, CARL H.; VIVIANI, VADIM R. RNA-Seq analysis of the blue light-emitting Orfelia fultoni (Diptera: Keroplatidae) suggest photoecological adaptations at the molecular level. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology D-Genomics & Proteomics, v. 39, SEP 2021. Web of Science Citations: 0.
AMARAL, DANILO T.; SILVA, JAQUELINE R.; VIVIANI, VADIM R. RNA-Seq analysis of the bioluminescent and non-bioluminescent species of Elateridae (Coleoptera): Comparison to others photogenic and non-photogenic tissues of Elateroidea species. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology D-Genomics & Proteomics, v. 29, p. 154-165, MAR 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.
AMARAL, DANILO T.; MITANI, YASUO; OLIVEIRA, GABRIELA; OHMIYA, YOSHIHIRO; VIVIANI, VADIM R. Revisiting Coleoptera a plus T-rich region: structural conservation, phylogenetic and phylogeographic approaches in mitochondrial control region of bioluminescent Elateridae species (Coleoptera). MITOCHONDRIAL DNA PART A, v. 28, n. 4-5, p. 671-680, SEP 2017. Web of Science Citations: 4.
AMARAL, DANILO T.; OLIVEIRA, GABRIELA; SILVA, JAQUELINE R.; VIVIANI, VADIM R. A new orange emitting luciferase from the Southern-Amazon Pyrophorus angustus (Coleoptera: Elateridae) click-beetle: structure and bioluminescence color relationship, evolutional and ecological considerations. PHOTOCHEMICAL & PHOTOBIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, v. 15, n. 9, p. 1148-1154, 2016. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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