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Minke whale genome and aquatic adaptation in cetaceans
Yim, H.-S.; Cho, Y.S.; Guang, X.; Kang, S.G.; Jeong, J.-Y.; Cha, S.-S.; Oh, H.-M.; Lee, J.-H.; Yang, E.C.; Kwon, K.K.; Kim, Y.J.; Kim, T.W.; Kim, W.; Jeon, J.H.; Kim, S.-J.; Choi, D.H.; Jho, S.; Kim, H.-M.; Ko, J.; Kim, H.; Shin, Y.-A.; Jung, H.-J.; Zheng, Y.; Wang, Z.; Chen, Y.; Chen, M.; Jiang, A.; Li, E.; Zhang, S.; Hou, H.; Kim, T.H.; Yu, L.; Liu, S.; Ahn, K.; Cooper, J.; Park, S.-G.; Hong, C.P.; Jin, W.; Kim, H.-S.; Park, C.; Lee, K.; Chun, S.; Morin, P.A.; O'Brien, S.J.; Lee, H.; Kimura, J.; Moon, D.Y.; Manica, A.; Edwards, J.; Kim, B.C.; Kim, S.; Wang, J.; Bhak, J.; Lee, H.S.; Lee, J.-H. (2014). Minke whale genome and aquatic adaptation in cetaceans. Nature Gen. 46(1): 88-92.
In: Nature Genetics. Nature Publishing Group: New York, NY. ISSN 1061-4036, more
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    Adaptations; Genomes; Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804 [WoRMS]; Balaenoptera bonaerensis Burmeister, 1867 [WoRMS]; Cetacea [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Balaenoptera bonaerensis

Authors  Top 
  • Yim, H.-S.
  • Cho, Y.S.
  • Guang, X.
  • Kang, S.G.
  • Jeong, J.-Y.
  • Cha, S.-S.
  • Oh, H.-M.
  • Lee, J.-H.
  • Yang, E.C.
  • Kwon, K.K.
  • Kim, Y.J.
  • Kim, T.W.
  • Kim, W.
  • Jeon, J.H.
  • Kim, S.-J.
  • Choi, D.H.
  • Jho, S.
  • Kim, H.-M.
  • Ko, J.
  • Kim, H.
  • Shin, Y.-A.
  • Jung, H.-J.
  • Zheng, Y.
  • Wang, Z.
  • Chen, Y.
  • Chen, M.
  • Jiang, A.
  • Li, E.
  • Zhang, S.
  • Hou, H.
  • Kim, T.H.
  • Yu, L.
  • Liu, S.
  • Ahn, K.
  • Cooper, J.
  • Park, S.-G.
  • Hong, C.P.
  • Jin, W.
  • Kim, H.-S.
  • Park, C.
  • Lee, K.
  • Chun, S.
  • Morin, P.A.
  • O'Brien, S.J.
  • Lee, H.
  • Kimura, J.
  • Moon, D.Y.
  • Manica, A.
  • Edwards, J.
  • Kim, B.C.
  • Kim, S.
  • Wang, J.
  • Bhak, J.
  • Lee, H.S.
  • Lee, J.-H.

    The shift from terrestrial to aquatic life by whales was a substantial evolutionary event. Here we report the whole-genome sequencing and de novo assembly of the minke whale genome, as well as the whole-genome sequences of three minke whales, a fin whale, a bottlenose dolphin and a finless porpoise. Our comparative genomic analysis identified an expansion in the whale lineage of gene families associated with stress-responsive proteins and anaerobic metabolism, whereas gene families related to body hair and sensory receptors were contracted. Our analysis also identified whale-specific mutations in genes encoding antioxidants and enzymes controlling blood pressure and salt concentration. Overall the whale-genome sequences exhibited distinct features that are associated with the physiological and morphological changes needed for life in an aquatic environment, marked by resistance to physiological stresses caused by a lack of oxygen, increased amounts of reactive oxygen species and high salt levels

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