Aedes aegypti Assembly and Gene Annotation

VectorBase The Aedes aegypti data and its display on Ensembl Genomes are made possible through a joint effort by the Ensembl Genomes group and VectorBase, a NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Center. The source data for this genome and other resources can be accessed via the VectorBase browser.

About Aedes aegypti

Aedes aegypti exists in at least two forms (considered either subspecies or separate species according to different authors), namely Ae. aegypti formosus (the original wild type found in Africa) and Ae. aegypti aegypti (the worldwide urban form). The yellow fever mosquito, Ae. aegypti aegypti, has a worldwide distribution in the tropics and subtropics where it is the main vector of both dengue and yellow fever viruses.

Picture credit (public domain): James Gathany (CDC) 2006


The Aedes aegypti Liverpool LVP strain genome sequence is a joint effort between the Broad Institute and The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) [1]. Assembly of 8x shotgun coverage was performed using the Broad's whole genome assembly package ARACHNE. The assembly presented here (AaegL3) consists of 4,756 supercontigs and a mitochondrial chromosome, totalling 1.3 gigabases.


The initial annotation of the Aedes aegypti genome is a collaboration between VectorBase and TIGR. Each group generated a set of gene predictions which were merged into a single canonical set (AaegL1.1). The geneset presented here (AaegL3.3, August 2014) represents the original set integrated with several rounds of community annotations; additional gene predictions that were excluded from the AaegL1.1 set but subsequently found to have supporting evidence (transcriptome, mapped protein domains); mitochondrial genes; and non-coding RNA genes from the Ensembl Genomes pipeline.


Two sets of variation data are available for Aedes aegypti, both imported via VectorBase.

The first is derived from the Bonizzoni et al. study [2]. This study used RNA-seq to characterise sequence variation in three laboratory strains of Aedes aegypti. An analysis of the transcriptomes from the Liverpool (LVP) reference strain, and two strains that exhibit differential susceptibility to Dengue-2 infection (Chetumal and Rexville D-Puerto Rico) was conducted, identifying many novel transcriptional units and polymorphisms in immunity related genes.

The second set of variation data covers multiple populations of Aedes aegypti, and was produced using a SNP chip containing 25K validated SNPs. This chip has been used to genotype a total of 160 individual insects from 25 Aedes aegypti populations isolated from 12 different regions around the world [3].

EST and Protein Alignments

Aedes aegypti ESTs were mapped onto the genome using Exonerate (Example: supercont1.174:147000-580000).

Proteins from all VectorBase species were mapped to the Aedes aegypti genome (using blastx) (Example: supercont1.174:147000-580000).


  1. Genome sequence of Aedes aegypti, a major arbovirus vector.
    Nene V, Wortman JR, Lawson D, Haas B, Kodira C, Tu ZJ, Loftus B, Xi Z, Megy K, Grabherr M et al. 2007. Science. 316:1718-1723.
  2. Probing functional polymorphisms in the dengue vector, Aedes aegypti.
    Bonizzoni M, Britton M, Marinotti O, Dunn WA, Fass J, James AA. 2013. BMC Genomics. 14:739.
  3. A multipurpose, high-throughput single-nucleotide polymorphism chip for the dengue and yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.
    Evans BR, Gloria-Soria A, Hou L, McBride C, Bonizzoni M, Zhao H, Powell JR. 2015. G3 (Bethesda). 5:711-718.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.



Assembly: AaegL3, INSDC Assembly GCA_000004015.1, Dec 2013
Database version: 84.3
Base Pairs: 1,310,092,987
Golden Path Length: 1,383,974,186
Data source: VectorBase
Genebuild version: AaegL3.3
Genebuild method: Full genebuild

Gene counts

Coding genes

Genes and/or transcript that contains an open reading frame (ORF).

Non coding genes: 1,663
    Small non coding genes

Small non coding genes are usually fewer than 200 bases long. They may be transcribed but are not translated. In Ensembl, genes with the following biotypes are classed as small non coding genes: miRNA, miscRNA, rRNA, scRNA, snlRNA, snoRNA, snRNA, and also the pseudogenic form of these biotypes. The majority of the small non coding genes in Ensembl are annotated automatically by our ncRNA pipeline. Please note that tRNAs are annotated separately using tRNAscan. tRNAs are included as 'simple fetaures', not genes, because they are not annotated using aligned sequence evidence.

    Long non coding genes

Long non coding genes are usually greater than 200 bases long. They may be transcribed but are not translated. In Ensembl, genes with the following biotypes are classed as long non coding genes: 3prime_overlapping_ncrna, ambiguous_orf, antisense, antisense_RNA, lincRNA, ncrna_host, non_coding, non_stop_decay, processed_transcript, retained_intron, sense_intronic, sense_overlapping. The majority of the long non coding genes in Ensembl are annotated manually by HAVANA.

    Misc non coding genes: 184

A pseudogene shares an evolutionary history with a functional protein-coding gene but it has been mutated through evolution to contain frameshift and/or stop codon(s) that disrupt the open reading frame.

Gene transcriptsNucleotide sequence resulting from the transcription of the genomic DNA to mRNA. One gene can have different transcripts or splice variants resulting from the alternative splicing of different exons in genes.: 18,840

Feature counts

Short Variants: 310,480

Coordinate Systems

1 sequence
SequenceLength (bp)
supercontig 4756 sequences