Transcriptomics reveals tissue/organ-specific differences in gene expression in the starfish Patiria pectinifera
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Starfish (Phylum Echinodermata) are of interest from an evolutionary perspective because as deuterostomian invertebrates they occupy an “intermediate” phylogenetic position with respect to chordates (e.g. vertebrates) and protostomian invertebrates (e.g. Drosophila). Furthermore, starfish are model organisms for research on fertilization, embryonic development, innate immunity and tissue regeneration. However, large-scale molecular data for starfish tissues/organs are limited. To provide a comprehensive genetic resource for the starfish Patiria pectinifera, we report de novo transcriptome assemblies and global gene expression analysis for six P. pectinifera tissues/organs – body wall (BW), coelomic epithelium (CE), tube feet (TF), stomach (SM), pyloric caeca (PC) and gonad (GN). A total of 408 million high-quality reads obtained from six cDNA libraries were assembled de novo using Trinity, resulting in a total of 549,598 contigs with a mean length of 835 nucleotides (nt), an N50 of 1473 nt, and GC ratio of 42.5%. A total of 126,136 contigs (22.9%) were obtained as predicted open reading frames (ORFs) by TransDecoder, of which 102,187 were annotated with NCBI non-redundant (NR) hits, and 51,075 and 10,963 were annotated with Gene Ontology (GO) and Kyoto Encyclopaedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) using the Blast2GO program, respectively. Gene expression analysis revealed that tissues/organs are grouped into three clusters: BW/CE/TF, SM/PC, and GN, which likely reflect functional relationships. 2408, 8560, 2687, 1727, 3321, and 2667 specifically expressed genes were identified for BW, GN, PC, CE, SM and TF, respectively, using the ROKU method. This study provides a valuable transcriptome resource and novel molecular insights into the functional biology of different tissues/organs in starfish as a model organism.
AuthorsKim, CH; Go, HJ; Oh, HY; Jo, YH; Elphick, MR; Park, NG
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