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A mitochondrial genome phylogeny of Culicidae

Grant number: 15/12784-1
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2015
Effective date (End): November 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Genetics - Animal Genetics
Principal Investigator:Lincoln Suesdek Rocha
Grantee:Camila Lorenz
Supervisor: Peter G. Foster
Host Institution: Instituto Butantan. Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: Natural History Museum, London, England  
Associated to the scholarship:13/05521-9 - Characterization of macroevolutionary patterns in Culicidae (Diptera) using geometric morphometrics, genetic sequencing and mass spectrometry, BP.DR


Recent studies have shown that the mitochondrial genome is one of the most useful indicators for resolving phylogenetic relationships in insects. In addition, the 37 genes inside it can be used for phylogenetic reconstruction, since it does not require very much computational time to run analyses and reach statistically reliable conclusions. Thus, the objective of this internship is to analyse the mitochondrial genome of Culicidae to develop a phylogenetic hypothesis for the group, complementing the information obtained with the indicators used in the regular doctoral project. 96 complete mitochondrial genomes will be analysed, including 20 genera and 70 different species. All of these were obtained from the Illumina MiSeq platform. A database will be built with the mitochondrial genes, concatenated and separated to create phylogenetic trees following the maximum parsimony, maximum likelihood and the Bayesian method. Data from protein profiles obtained by MALDI-TOF and nuclear genes obtained in the regular doctoral project will also be added to the phylogenetic analyses by building super-matrices and super-trees. Like several cases available in the literature, the use of the mitochondrial genome for phylogenetic reconstruction can be very helpful to understand the evolutionary history of the Culicidae family.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
LORENZ, CAMILA; PEREIRA ALVES, JOAO MARCELO; FOSTER, PETER GORDON; MUREB SALLUM, MARIA ANICE; SUESDEK, LINCOLN. First record of translocation in Culicidae (Diptera) mitogenomes: evidence from the tribe Sabethini. BMC Genomics, v. 20, n. 1, . (13/05521-9, 15/12784-1)
LORENZ, CAMILA; ALVES, JOAO M. P.; FOSTER, PETER G.; SUESDEK, LINCOLN; SALLUM, MARIA ANICE M.. Phylogeny and temporal diversification of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) with an emphasis on the Neotropical fauna. Systematic Entomology, v. 46, n. 4, p. 798-811, . (15/12784-1, 13/05521-9, 13/14622-3)

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