Recent advances in understanding the roles of whole genome duplications in evolution

Carol MacKintosh (Lead / Corresponding author), David E. K. Ferrier

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Abstract

Ancient whole-genome duplications (WGDs)- paleopolyploidy events-are key to solving Darwin's 'abominable mystery' of how flowering plants evolved and radiated into a rich variety of species. The vertebrates also emerged from their invertebrate ancestors via two WGDs, and genomes of diverse gymnosperm trees, unicellular eukaryotes, invertebrates, fishes, amphibians and even a rodent carry evidence of lineage-specific WGDs. Modern polyploidy is common in eukaryotes, and it can be induced, enabling mechanisms and short-term cost-benefit assessments of polyploidy to be studied experimentally. However, the ancient WGDs can be reconstructed only by comparative genomics: these studies are difficult because the DNA duplicates have been through tens or hundreds of millions of years of gene losses, mutations, and chromosomal rearrangements that culminate in resolution of the polyploid genomes back into diploid ones (rediploidisation). Intriguing asymmetries in patterns of post-WGD gene loss and retention between duplicated sets of chromosomes have been discovered recently, and elaborations of signal transduction systems are lasting legacies from several WGDs. The data imply that simpler signalling pathways in the pre-WGD ancestors were converted via WGDs into multi-stranded parallelised networks. Genetic and biochemical studies in plants, yeasts and vertebrates suggest a paradigm in which different combinations of sister paralogues in the post-WGD regulatory networks are co-regulated under different conditions. In principle, such networks can respond to a wide array of environmental, sensory and hormonal stimuli and integrate them to generate phenotypic variety in cell types and behaviours. Patterns are also being discerned in how the post-WGD signalling networks are reconfigured in human cancers and neurological conditions. It is fascinating to unpick how ancient genomic events impact on complexity, variety and disease in modern life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1623
Number of pages9
JournalF1000 Research
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017

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Genes
Genome
Polyploidy
Invertebrates
Eukaryota
Vertebrates
Gymnosperms
Gene Duplication
Amphibians
Signal transduction
Genomics
Diploidy
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Chromosomes
Molecular Biology
Rodentia
Signal Transduction
Fishes
Yeast
Fish

Keywords

  • Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Evolution
  • Polyploidy
  • WGD
  • Whole-genome duplications

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In: F1000 Research, Vol. 6, 1623, 31.08.2017.

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