Anopheles gambiae Assembly and Gene Annotation
About Anopheles gambiae
Anopheles gambiae senso stricto is the primary mosquito vector responsible for the transmission of malaria in most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is a member of a species complex that includes at least seven morphologically indistinguishable species in the Series Pyretophorus in the Anopheles subgenus Cellia. An. gambiae feeds preferentially on humans and is one of the most efficient malaria vectors known.
Picture credit (public domain): James Gathany (CDC) 1994
The genome assembly presented here (AgamP4, April 2014) is a revised assembly based on the whole genome shotgun assembly of the PEST strain of Anopheles gambiae [1, 2], plus the addition of a mitochondrial chromosome. The assembly is described in detail in VectorBase.
Annotation of the AgamP4 assembly was carried out by VectorBase. The set of gene models presented (genebuild AgamP4.1, released April 2014) combines manual annotation, data provided by the research community, and gene prediction using the Ensembl system. Prediction utilised alignments of dipteran and other protein sets to the genome and generation of GeneWise models, alignment and gene prediction based on Anopheles ESTs, and selected ab initio predictions. More details can be found in VectorBase.
The functional genomics database for An. gambiae contains mappings to probes from the many microarray designs, more details can be found at the VectorBase microarray page.
Variation data for Anopheles gambiae was imported from NCBI dbSNP, and from other studies involving the M and S molecular forms [3, 4, 5].
Variation data is also available for the Anopheles gambiae MR4 reference colonies 4ARR, Kisumu, Akron, L3-5 and G3. These samples were sequenced by the Kwiatkowski group at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, as part of the Malaria Programme's Anopheles gambiae Genome Variation Project. These variants should be considered preliminary, pending further analysis and quality control filtering.
EST and Protein Alignments
WU-BlastX was used to map UniProtKB proteins onto the Anopheles gambiae genome. The datasets used were: Aedes, mosquito, drosophilid, arthropod, metazoan, eukaryotic, and non-eukaryotic proteins. The wider taxonomic groups exclude any of the more specific groups, e.g. the arthropod dataset excludes mosquito and drosophilid proteins. (Example: 2L:39300000-39320000).
GeneWise was used to map proteins from non-redundant taxonomic levels onto the Anopheles gambiae genome. The protein datasets used were: Anopheles (UniProtKB and community annotation), Aedes (VectorBase), drosophilid (FlyBase), and all UniProtKB (Example: 2L:39308000-39320000).
Approximately 8500 community annotations are mapped to the genome (Example: 2L:155000-225000).
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|Assembly:||AgamP4, INSDC Assembly GCA_000005575.1, Feb 2006|
|Golden Path Length:||273,109,044|
|Genebuild method:||Full genebuild|
Genes and/or transcript that contains an open reading frame (ORF).:
|Small non coding genes:||757|
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.:||15,478|
|Snap gene prediction:||24,679|