Transposable elements in the Anopheles funestus transcriptome


Transposable elements (TEs) are present in most of the eukaryotic genomes and their impact on genome evolution is increasingly recognized. Although there is extensive information on the TEs present in several eukaryotic genomes, less is known about the expression of these elements at the transcriptome level. Here we present a detailed analysis regarding the expression of TEs in Anopheles funestus, the second most important vector of human malaria in Africa. Several transcriptionally active TE families belonging both to Class I and II were identified and characterized. Interestingly, we have identified a full-length putative active element (including the presence of full length TIRs in the genomic sequence) belonging to the hAT superfamily, which presents active members in other insect genomes. This work contributes to a comprehensive understanding of the landscape of transposable elements in A. funestus transcriptome. Our results reveal that TEs are abundant and diverse in the mosquito and that most of the TE families found in the genome are represented in the mosquito transcriptome, a fact that could indicate activity of these elements.The vast diversity of TEs expressed in A. funestus suggests that there is ongoing amplification of several families in this organism.

DOI: 10.1007/s10709-017-9964-z

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@article{FernndezMedina2017TransposableEI, title={Transposable elements in the Anopheles funestus transcriptome}, author={Rita Daniela Fern{\'a}ndez-Medina and Claudia M. A. Carareto and Cl{\'a}udio Jos{\'e} Struchiner and Jos{\'e} Marcos Chaves Ribeiro}, journal={Genetica}, year={2017}, volume={145}, pages={275-293} }