July 19, 2019  |  

Contrasting evolutionary genome dynamics between domesticated and wild yeasts.

Authors: Yue, Jia-Xing and Li, Jing and Aigrain, Louise and Hallin, Johan and Persson, Karl and Oliver, Karen and Bergström, Anders and Coupland, Paul and Warringer, Jonas and Lagomarsino, Marco Cosentino and Fischer, Gilles and Durbin, Richard and Liti, Gianni

Structural rearrangements have long been recognized as an important source of genetic variation, with implications in phenotypic diversity and disease, yet their detailed evolutionary dynamics remain elusive. Here we use long-read sequencing to generate end-to-end genome assemblies for 12 strains representing major subpopulations of the partially domesticated yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its wild relative Saccharomyces paradoxus. These population-level high-quality genomes with comprehensive annotation enable precise definition of chromosomal boundaries between cores and subtelomeres and a high-resolution view of evolutionary genome dynamics. In chromosomal cores, S. paradoxus shows faster accumulation of balanced rearrangements (inversions, reciprocal translocations and transpositions), whereas S. cerevisiae accumulates unbalanced rearrangements (novel insertions, deletions and duplications) more rapidly. In subtelomeres, both species show extensive interchromosomal reshuffling, with a higher tempo in S. cerevisiae. Such striking contrasts between wild and domesticated yeasts are likely to reflect the influence of human activities on structural genome evolution.

Journal: Nature genetics
DOI: 10.1038/ng.3847
Year: 2017

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