Complex modular architecture around a simple toolkit of wing pattern genes
Nature Ecology & Evolution
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Van Belleghem, S., Rastas, P., Papanicolaou, A., Martin, S., Arias, C., Supple, M., Hanly, J., et al. (2017). Complex modular architecture around a simple toolkit of wing pattern genes. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1 (0052)https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0052
Identifying the genomic changes that control morphological variation and understanding how they generate diversity is a major goal of evolutionary biology. In Heliconius butterflies, a small number of genes control the development of diverse wing colour patterns. Here, we used full-genome sequencing of individuals across the Heliconius erato radiation and closely related species to characterize genomic variation associated with wing pattern diversity. We show that variation around colour pattern genes is highly modular, with narrow genomic intervals associated with specific differences in colour and pattern. This modular architecture explains the diversity of colour patterns and provides a flexible mechanism for rapid morphological diversification.
comparative genomics, evolutionary genetics, mimicry
We acknowledge the University of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico INBRE grant P20 GM103475 from the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); CNRS Nouraugues and CEBA awards (B.A.C.); National Science Foundation awards DEB-1257839 (B.A.C.), DEB-1257689 (W.O.M.), DEB-1027019 (W.O.M.); awards 1010094 and 1002410 from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) for computational resources; and the Smithsonian Institution. This research was supported in part by Lilly Endowment, Inc., through its support for the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute, and in part by the Indiana METACyt Initiative. The Indiana METACyt Initiative at IU is also supported in part by Lilly Endowment, Inc.
European Research Council (339873)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-016-0052
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/262941