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Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control

Matthews, Benjamin J, Dudchenko, Olga, Kingan, Sarah, Koren, Sergey, Antoshechkin, Igor, Crawford, Jacob E, Glassford, William J, Herre, Margaret, Redmond, Seth N, Rose, Noah H, Weedall, Gareth ORCID:, Wu, Yang, Batra, Sanjit S, Brito-Sierra, Carlos A, Buckingham, Steven D, Campbell, Corey L, Chan, Saki, Cox, Eric, Evans, Benjamin R, Fansiri, Thanyalak, Filipovic, Igor, Fontaine, Albin, Gloria-Soria, Andrea, Hall, Richard, Joardar, Vinita S, Jones, Andrew K, Kay, Raissa G G, Kodali, Vamsi, Lee, Joyce, Lycett, Gareth ORCID:, Mitchell, Sara N, Muehling, Jill, Murphy, Michael R, Omer, Arina, Partridge, Frederick A, Peluso, Paul, Aiden, Aviva Presser, Ramasamy, Vidya, Rasic, Gordana, Roy, Sourav, Saavedra-Rodriguez, Karla, Sharan, Shruti, Sharma, Atashi, Smith, Melissa, Turner, Joe, Weakley, Allison M, Zhao, Zhilei, Akbari, Omar S, Black, William C, Cao, Han, Darby, Alistair C, Hill, Catherine, Johnston, J. Spencer, Murphy, Terence D, Raikhel, Alexander S, Sattelle, David B, Sharakhov, Igor V, White, Bradley J, Zhao, Li, Aiden, Erez Lieberman, Mann, Richard S, Lambrechts, Louis, Powell, Jeffrey R, Sharakhova, Maria V, Tu, Zhijian, Robertson, Hugh M, McBride, Carolyn S, Hastie, Alex R, Korlach, Jonas, Neafsey, Daniel E, Phillippy, Adam M and Vosshall, Leslie B (2018) 'Improved reference genome of Aedes aegypti informs arbovirus vector control'. Nature, Vol 563, pp. 501-507.

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Female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infect hundreds of millions of people each year with dangerous viral pathogens including dengue, yellow fever, Zika, and chikungunya. Progress in understanding the biology of this insect, and developing tools to fight it, has been slowed by the lack of a high-quality genome assembly. Here we combine diverse genome technologies to produce AaegL5, a dramatically improved and annotated assembly, and demonstrate how it accelerates mosquito science and control. We anchored the physical and cytogenetic maps, resolved the size and composition of the elusive sex-determining M locus, significantly increased the known members of the glutathione-S-transferase genes important for insecticide resistance, and doubled the number of chemosensory ionotropic receptors that guide mosquitoes to human hosts and egg-laying sites. Using high-resolution QTL and population genomic analyses, we mapped new candidates for dengue vector competence and insecticide resistance. We predict that AaegL5 will catalyse new biological insights and intervention strategies to fight this deadly arboviral vector.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: QU Biochemistry > Genetics > QU 460 Genomics. Proteomics
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 525 Aedes
QX Parasitology > Insects. Other Parasites > QX 650 Insect vectors
WA Public Health > Preventive Medicine > WA 110 Prevention and control of communicable diseases. Transmission of infectious diseases
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. Other Virus Diseases > WC 542 Arbovirus encephalitis. Equine encephalomyelitis (in humans)
Faculty: Department: Biological Sciences > Vector Biology Department
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Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 14:25
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 16:25


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