Functional and evolutionary insights from the genomes of three parasitoid nasonia species

J H Werren, Stephen Richards, Christopher Desjardins, Oliver Niehuis, Jurgen Gadau, John Kenneth Colbourne, Leo W Beukeboom, Claude Desplan, Christine G Elsik, Cornelis Johannes Pieter Grimmelikhuijzen, Paul A Kitts, Jeremy A Lynch, Terence Murphy, Deodoro C S G Oliveira, Christopher D Smith, Louis van de Zande, Kim C Worley, Evgeny M Zdobnov, Maarten Aerts, Stefan AlbertVictor H Anaya, Juan Manuel Anzola, Angel R Barchuk, Susanta K Behura, Agata N Bera, May R Berenbaum, Rinaldo C Bertossa, Marcia Maria Gentile Bitondi, S R Bordenstein, Peer Bork, Erich Bornberg-Bauer, Marleen Brunain, Giuseppe Cazzamali, Lesley Chaboub, Joseph Chacko, Dean Chavez, Christopher P Childers, Jeong-Hyeon Choi, Michael E Clark, Charles Claudianos, Rochelle A Clinton, Andrew Cree, Alexandre Santos Cristino, Phat M Dang, Alistair C Darby, Dirk C de Graff, Bart Devreese, Huyen H Dinh, Rachel Edwards, Navin Elango, Eran Elhaik, Olga Ermolaeva, Jay Daniel Evans, Sylvain Foret, Gerald R Fowler, Daniel Gerlach, Joshua D Gibson, Donald G Gilbert, Dan Graur, Stefan Grunder, Darren E Hagen, Yi Han, Frank Hauser, Da Hultmark, Henry C Hunter IV, Gregory D D Hurst, Shalini N Jhangiani, Huaiyang Jiang, Reed M Johnson, Andrew K Jones, Thomas Junier, Tatsuhiko Kadowaki, Albert Kamping, Yuri Kapustin, Bobak Kechavarzi, Jaebum Kim, Jay W Kim, Boris Kiryutin, Tosca Ferber-Koevoets, Christie L Kovar, Evgenia V Kriventseva, Robert Kucharski, Heewook Lee, Sandra L Lee, Kristin Lees, Lora R Lewis, David W Loehlin, John M Logsdon Jr, Jacqueline A Lopez, Ryan J Lozado, Donna Maglott, Ryszard Maleszka, Anoop Mayampurath, Danielle Jeanine Beekman, Marcella Ann McClure, Andrew D Moore, Margaret B Moore, Jean Muller, Monica C Munoz-Torres, Donna M Muzny, Lynne Nazareth, Susanne Neupert, Ngoc B Nguyen, Francis M F Nunes, John Graham Oakeshott, Geoffrey O Okwuonu, Bart A Pannebakker, Vikas R Pejaver, Zuogang Peng, Stephen C Pratt, Reinhard Predel, Ling-Ling Pu, Hilary Ranson, Rhitoban Raychoudhury, Andreas Rechtsteiner, Jeanne Romero-Severson, Justin T Reese, Jeffrey G Reid, Megan Riddle, Hugh M Robertson, Miriam Rosenberg, Timothy B Sackton, David B Sattelle, H Schluns, Thomas Schmitt, Martina Schneider, Andreas Schuller, Andrew M Schurko, David M Shuker, Zila L P Simoes, Saurabh Sinha, Zachary Smith, Victor Solovyev, Alexandre Souvorov, Andreas Springauf, Elisabeth Stafflinger, Deborah E Stage, Mario Stanke, Yoshiaki Tanaka, Arndt Telschow, Carol Trent, Selina Vattathil, Eveline C Verhulst, Lumi Viljakainen, Kevin W Wanner, Robert M Waterhouse, James B Whitfield, Timothy E Wilkes, Michael Williamson, Judith H Willis, Florian Wolschin, Stefan Wyder, Takuji Yamada, Soojin V Yi, Courtney N Zecher, Lan Zhang, Richard A Gibbs

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Abstract

We report here genome sequences and comparative analyses of three closely related parasitoid wasps: Nasonia vitripennis, N. giraulti, and N. tongicomis. Parasitoids are important regulators of arthropod populations, including major agricultural pests and disease vectors, and Nasonia is an emerging genetic model, particularly for evolutionary and developmental genetics. Key findings include the identification of a functional DNA methylation tool kit; hymenopteran-spedfic genes including diverse venoms; lateral gene transfers among Pox viruses, Wolbachia, and Nasonia; and the rapid evolution of genes involved in nuclearmitochondrial interactions that are implicated in spedation. Newly developed genome resources advance Nasonia for genetic research, accelerate mapping and cloning of quantitative trait loci, and will ultimately provide tools and knowledge for further increasing the utility of parasitoids as pest insect-control agents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343 - 348
Number of pages6
JournalScience
Volume327
Issue number5963
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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