Characterization of Evolutionarily Conserved MicroRNAs in Amphioxus

  title={Characterization of Evolutionarily Conserved MicroRNAs in Amphioxus},
  author={Lei Wang and Lan Jiang and Songnian Hu and Yejun Wang},
  booktitle={Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics},
Amphioxus is an extant species closest to the ancestry of vertebrates. Observation of microRNA (miRNA) distribution of amphioxus would lend some hints for evolutionary research of vertebrates. In this study, using the publicly available scaffold data of the Florida amphioxus (Branchiostoma floridae) genome, we screened and characterized homologs of miRNAs that had been identified in other species. In total, 68 pieces of such homologs were obtained and classified into 33 families. Most of these… CONTINUE READING


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