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Comparative RNA seq analysis of the New Zealand glowworm Arachnocampa luminosa reveals bioluminescence-related genes

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Genomics, October 2015
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Title
Comparative RNA seq analysis of the New Zealand glowworm Arachnocampa luminosa reveals bioluminescence-related genes
Published in
BMC Genomics, October 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12864-015-2006-2
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Miriam L. Sharpe, Peter K. Dearden, Gregory Gimenez, Kurt L. Krause

Abstract

The New Zealand glowworm is the larva of a carnivorous fungus gnat that produces bioluminescence to attract prey. The bioluminescent system of the glowworm is evolutionarily distinct from other well-characterised systems, especially that of the fireflies, and the molecules involved have not yet been identified. We have used high throughput sequencing technology to produce a transcriptome for the glowworm and identify transcripts encoding proteins that are likely to be involved in glowworm bioluminescence. Here we report the sequencing and annotation of the first transcriptome of the glowworm, and a differential analysis of expression from the glowworm light organ compared with non-light organ tissue. The analysis identified six transcripts encoding proteins that are potentially involved in glowworm bioluminescence. Three of these proteins are members of the ANL superfamily of adenylating enzymes, with similar amino acid sequences to that of the luciferase enzyme found in fireflies (31 to 37 % identical), and are candidate luciferases for the glowworm bioluminescent system. The remaining three transcripts encode putative aminoacylase, phosphatidylethanolamine-binding and glutathione S-transferase proteins. This research provides a basis for further biochemical studies into how the glowworm produces light, and a source of genetic information to aid future ecological and evolutionary studies of the glowworm.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
New Zealand 1 3%
Germany 1 3%
Unknown 27 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 7 24%
Professor 4 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 14%
Researcher 4 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 10%
Other 3 10%
Unknown 4 14%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 45%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 6 21%
Chemistry 3 10%
Environmental Science 1 3%
Unknown 6 21%

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