Population Genetics and Evolution of Marine Invertebrates

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 October 2024 | Viewed by 1330

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Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, IB-Universidade de São Paulo, Cidade Universitária-São Paulo, São Paulo 05508-090, SP, Brazil
Interests: population genetics; marine biogenetics; systematics; systems genomics; bioinformatics

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Dear Colleagues,

Understanding the mechanisms behind genetic diversity distribution is one of the many goals of the population genetics field. Investigation of geographical barriers, the role of bionomic traits and local adaptation to determine the spatial patterns of population genetic variability has been especially challenging in marine invertebrate populations. Approaches such as phylogeography and seascape genetics integrate physical oceanography, spatial statistics, bionomics and genetic diversity, among others, to quantify the landscape framework effect on gene flow and estimate the connectivity among populations and historical demography. This Special Issue will assemble articles on population-level component diversity under the title "Population Genetics and Evolution of Marine Invertebrates". Articles are expected to cover a broad range of marine invertebrate species living in all types of marine ecosystems.

This Special Issue of Genes aims to address a range of relevant topics in marine population genetics such as the genetic diversity and evolutionary biology of marine populations, as well the relationships between population genetic diversity and geographical and environmental composition.

Prof. Dr. Sónia C. Da Silva Andrade
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  • genetic diversity
  • demographic history
  • environmental traits
  • genetic markers
  • ocean warming and climate change
  • seascape genomics

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Local Genomic Instability of the SpTransformer Gene Family in the Purple Sea Urchin Inferred from BAC Insert Deletions
by Megan A. Barela Hudgell, Farhana Momtaz, Abiha Jafri, Max A. Alekseyev and L. Courtney Smith
Genes 2024, 15(2), 222; https://doi.org/10.3390/genes15020222 - 9 Feb 2024
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The SpTransformer (SpTrf) gene family in the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, encodes immune response proteins. The genes are clustered, surrounded by short tandem repeats, and some are present in genomic segmental duplications. The genes share regions of sequence and [...] Read more.
The SpTransformer (SpTrf) gene family in the purple sea urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus, encodes immune response proteins. The genes are clustered, surrounded by short tandem repeats, and some are present in genomic segmental duplications. The genes share regions of sequence and include repeats in the coding exon. This complex structure is consistent with putative local genomic instability. Instability of the SpTrf gene cluster was tested by 10 days of growth of Escherichia coli harboring bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clones of sea urchin genomic DNA with inserts containing SpTrf genes. After the growth period, the BAC DNA inserts were analyzed for size and SpTrf gene content. Clones with multiple SpTrf genes showed a variety of deletions, including loss of one, most, or all genes from the cluster. Alternatively, a BAC insert with a single SpTrf gene was stable. BAC insert instability is consistent with variations in the gene family composition among sea urchins, the types of SpTrf genes in the family, and a reduction in the gene copy number in single coelomocytes. Based on the sequence variability among SpTrf genes within and among sea urchins, local genomic instability of the family may be important for driving sequence diversity in this gene family that would be of benefit to sea urchins in their arms race with marine microbes. Full article
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