Gene Regulatory Evolution During Speciation in a Songbird
Davidson, John H.; Balakrishnan, Christopher N.
Over the last decade, tremendous progress has been made toward a comparative un- derstanding of gene regulatory evolution. However, we know little about how gene regulation evolves in birds, and how divergent genomes interact in their hybrids. Because of the unique features of birds – female heterogamety, a highly conserved karyotype, and the slow evolution of reproductive incompatibilities – an understanding of regulatory evolution in birds is critical to a comprehensive understanding of regulatory evolution and its implications for speciation. Using a novel complement of analyses of replicated RNA-seq libraries, we demonstrate abundant divergence in brain gene expression between zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) subspecies. By comparing parental populations and their F1 hybrids, we also show that gene misexpression is relatively rare among brain-expressed transcripts in male birds. If this pattern is consistent across tissues and sexes, it may partially explain the slow buildup of postzygotic reproductive isolation observed in birds relative to other taxa. Although we expected that the action of genetic drift on the island- dwelling zebra finch subspecies would be manifested in a higher rate of trans regulatory divergence, we found that most divergence was in cis regulation, following a pattern commonly observed in other taxa. Thus, our study highlights both unique and shared features of avian regulatory evolution.
Davidson, John H., & Balakrishnan, Christopher N.. (March 2016). Gene Regulatory Evolution During Speciation in a Songbird. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, (6:5), p.1357-1364. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8532
Davidson, John H., and Balakrishnan, Christopher N.. "Gene Regulatory Evolution During Speciation in a Songbird". G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. 6:5. (1357-1364.), March 2016. April 18, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8532.
Davidson, John H. and Balakrishnan, Christopher N., "Gene Regulatory Evolution During Speciation in a Songbird," G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics 6, no. 5 (March 2016), http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8532 (accessed April 18, 2021).
Davidson, John H., Balakrishnan, Christopher N.. Gene Regulatory Evolution During Speciation in a Songbird. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. March 2016; 6(5) 1357-1364. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/8532. Accessed April 18, 2021.