Evolutionary history and classification of Micropia retroelements in Drosophilidae species

Autoři: Juliana Cordeiro aff001;  Tuane Letícia Carvalho aff002;  Vera Lúcia da Silva Valente aff003;  Lizandra Jaqueline Robe aff002
Působiště autorů: Departamento de Ecologia, Zoologia e Genética, Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Pelotas, RS, Brazil aff001;  Programa de Pós-Graduação em Biodiversidade Animal, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil aff002;  Departamento de Genética, Instituto de Biociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre; Rio Grande do Sul; Brazil aff003;  Departamento de Ecologia e Evolução, Centro de Ciências Naturais e Exatas, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, Santa Maria, RS, Brazil aff004
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220539


Transposable elements (TEs) have the main role in shaping the evolution of genomes and host species, contributing to the creation of new genes and promoting rearrangements frequently associated with new regulatory networks. Support for these hypotheses frequently results from studies with model species, and Drosophila provides a great model organism to the study of TEs. Micropia belongs to the Ty3/Gypsy group of long terminal repeats (LTR) retroelements and comprises one of the least studied Drosophila transposable elements. In this study, we assessed the evolutionary history of Micropia within Drosophilidae, while trying to assist in the classification of this TE. At first, we performed searches of Micropia presence in the genome of natural populations from several species. Then, based on searches within online genomic databases, we retrieved Micropia-like sequences from the genomes of distinct Drosophilidae species. We expanded the knowledge of Micropia distribution within Drosophila species. The Micropia retroelements we detected consist of an array of divergent sequences, which we subdivided into 20 subfamilies. Even so, a patchy distribution of Micropia sequences within the Drosophilidae phylogeny could be identified, with incongruences between the species phylogeny and the Micropia phylogeny. Comparing the pairwise synonymous distance (dS) values between Micropia and three host nuclear sequences, we found several cases of unexpectedly high levels of similarity between Micropia sequences in divergent species. All these findings provide a hypothesis to the evolution of Micropia within Drosophilidae, which include several events of vertical and horizontal transposon transmission, associated with ancestral polymorphisms and recurrent Micropia sequences diversification.

Klíčová slova:

Amino acid sequence analysis – DNA sequence analysis – Drosophila melanogaster – Invertebrate genomics – Phylogenetic analysis – Sequence alignment – Sequence analysis – Sequence databases


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