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Mitochondrial genome characterization of Melipona bicolor: Insights from the control region and gene expression data

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Araujo, Natalia de Souza [1, 2] ; Arias, Maria Cristina [1]
Total Authors: 2
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biociencias, Dept Genet & Biol Evolut, Sala 320, Rua Matao 277, Cidade Univ, BR-05508900 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Liege, GIGA Med Genom, Unit Anim Genom, Quartier Hop, Ave Hop 11, B-4000 Liege - Belgium
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Gene; v. 705, p. 55-59, JUL 15 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The stingless bee Melipona bicolor is the only bee in which true polygyny occurs. Its mitochondrial genome was first sequenced in 2008, but it was incomplete and no information about its transcription was known. We combined short and long reads of M. bicolor DNA with RNASeq data to obtain insights about mitochondrial evolution and gene expression in bees. The complete genome has 15,001 bp, including a control region of 255 bp that contains all conserved structures described in honeybees with the highest AT content reported so far for bees (98.1%), displaying a compact but functional region. Gene expression control is similar to other insects however unusual patterns of expression may suggest the existence of different isoforms for the mitochondrially encoded 12S rRNA. Results reveal unique and shared features of the mitochondrial genome in terms of sequence evolution and gene expression making M. bicolor an interesting model to study mitochondrial genomic evolution. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 16/24669-5 - Genomics and evolutionary studies on bees
Grantee:Maria Cristina Arias
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/12530-4 - Population, evolutionary and genomic studies in bees
Grantee:Maria Cristina Arias
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants