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High-resolution transcriptional profling of Anopheles gambiae spermatogenesis reveals mechanisms of sex chromosome regulation

Taxiarchi, Chrysanthi, Kranjc, Nace, Kriezis, Antonios, Kyrou, Kyros, Bernardin, Federica, Russell, Steven, Nolan, Tony ORCID:, Crisanti, Andrea and Galizi, Roberto (2019) 'High-resolution transcriptional profling of Anopheles gambiae spermatogenesis reveals mechanisms of sex chromosome regulation'. Scientific Reports, Vol 9, e14841.

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Although of high priority for the development of genetic tools to control malaria-transmitting mosquitoes, only a few germline-specifc regulatory regions have been characterised to date and the
presence of global regulatory mechanisms, such as dosage compensation and meiotic sex chromosome inactivation (MSCI), are mostly assumed from transcriptomic analyses of reproductive tissues or whole gonads. In such studies, samples include a signifcant portion of somatic tissues inevitably complicating the reconstruction of a defned transcriptional map of gametogenesis. By exploiting recent advances in transgenic technologies and gene editing tools, combined with fuorescence-activated cell sorting and RNA sequencing, we have separated four distinct cell lineages from the Anopheles gambiae male gonads: premeiotic, meiotic (primary and secondary spermatocytes) and postmeiotic. By comparing
the overall expression levels of X-linked and autosomal genes across the four populations, we revealed
a striking transcriptional repression of the X chromosome coincident with the meiotic phase, classifable as MSCI, and highlighted genes that may evade silencing. In addition, chromosome-wide median
expression ratios of the premeiotic population confrmed the absence of dosage compensation in the male germline. Applying diferential expression analysis, we highlighted genes and transcript
isoforms enriched at specifc timepoints and reconstructed the expression dynamics of the main biological processes regulating the key stages of sperm development and maturation. We generated
the frst transcriptomic atlas of A. gambiae spermatogenesis that will expand the available toolbox for the genetic engineering of vector control technologies. We also describe an innovative and
multidimensional approach to isolate specifc cell lineages that can be used for the targeted analysis of other A. gambiae organs or transferred to other medically relevant species and model organisms.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QU Biochemistry > Genetics > QU 550 Genetic techniques. PCR. Chromosome mapping
QX Parasitology > QX 4 General works
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 515 Anopheles
WJ Urogenital System > WJ 20 Research (General)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Mel Finley
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2019 15:11
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 15:42


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