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ComPlEx: conservation and divergence of co-expression networks in A. thaliana, Populus and O. sativa
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6031-005X
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6097-2539
2014 (English)In: BMC Genomics, ISSN 1471-2164, E-ISSN 1471-2164, Vol. 15, 106- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Divergence in gene regulation has emerged as a key mechanism underlying species differentiation. Comparative analysis of co-expression networks across species can reveal conservation and divergence in the regulation of genes. Results: We inferred co-expression networks of A. thaliana, Populus spp. and O. sativa using state-of-the-art methods based on mutual information and context likelihood of relatedness, and conducted a comprehensive comparison of these networks across a range of co-expression thresholds. In addition to quantifying gene-gene link and network neighbourhood conservation, we also applied recent advancements in network analysis to do cross-species comparisons of network properties such as scale free characteristics and gene centrality as well as network motifs. We found that in all species the networks emerged as scale free only above a certain co-expression threshold, and that the high-centrality genes upholding this organization tended to be conserved. Network motifs, in particular the feed-forward loop, were found to be significantly enriched in specific functional subnetworks but where much less conserved across species than gene centrality. Although individual gene-gene co-expression had massively diverged, up to similar to 80% of the genes still had a significantly conserved network neighbourhood. For genes with multiple predicted orthologs, about half had one ortholog with conserved regulation and another ortholog with diverged or non-conserved regulation. Furthermore, the most sequence similar ortholog was not the one with the most conserved gene regulation in over half of the cases. Conclusions: We have provided a comprehensive analysis of gene regulation evolution in plants and built a web tool for Comparative analysis of Plant co-Expression networks (ComPlEx, http:// complex. plantgenie. org/). The tool can be particularly useful for identifying the ortholog with the most conserved regulation among several sequence-similar alternatives and can thus be of practical importance in e. g. finding candidate genes for perturbation experiments.

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2014. Vol. 15, 106- p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88337DOI: 10.1186/1471-2164-15-106ISI: 000332597700001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-88337DiVA: diva2:723251
Available from: 2014-06-10 Created: 2014-04-30 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Novel resources enabling comparative regulomics in forest tree species
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Novel resources enabling comparative regulomics in forest tree species
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Nya verktyg för komparativ regulomik i skogsträd
Abstract [en]

Lignocellulosic plants are the most abundant source of terrestrial biomass and are one of the potential sources of renewable energy that can replace the use of fossil fuels. For a country such as Sweden, where the forest industry accounts for 10% of the total export, there would be large economical benefits associated with increased biomass yield. The availability of research on wood development conducted in conifer tree species, which represent the majority of the forestry in Sweden, is limited and the majority of research has been conducted in model angiosperm species such as Arabidopsis thaliana. However, the large evolutionary distance between angiosperms and gymnosperms limits the possibility to identify orthologous genes and regulatory pathways by comparing sequence similarity alone. At such large evolutionary distances, the identification of gene similarity is, in most cases, not sufficient and additional information is required for functional annotation. In this thesis, two high-spatial resolution datasets profiling wood development were processed; one from the angiosperm tree Populus tremula and the other from the conifer species Picea abies. These datasets were each published together with a web resource including tools for the exploration of gene expression, co-expression and functional enrichment of gene sets. One developed resource allows interactive, comparative co-expression analysis between species to identify conserved and diverged co-expression modules. These tools make it possible to identifying conserved regulatory modules that can focus downstream research and provide biologists with a resource to identify regulatory genes for targeted trait improvement.

Abstract [sv]

Lignocellulosa är den vanligast förekommande källan till markburen biomassa och är en av de förnybara energikällor som potentiellt kan ersätta användningen av fossila bränslen. För ett land som Sverige, där skogsindustrin som står för 10 \% av den totala exporten, skulle därför en ökad produktion av biomassa kunna ge stora ekonomiska fördelar. Forskningen på barrträd, som utgör majoriteten av svensk skog är begränsad och den huvudsakliga forskningen som har bedrivits på växter, har skett i modell organismer tillhörande gruppen gömfröiga växter som till exempel i Arabidopsis thaliana. Det evolutionära avståndet mellan gömfröiga (blommor och träd) och nakenfröiga (gran och tall) begränsar dock möjligheten att identifiera regulatoriska system mellan dessa grupper. Vid sådana stora evolutionära avstånd krävs det mer än att bara identifiera en gen i en modellorganism utan ytterligare information krävs som till exempel genuttrycksdata. I denna avhandling har två högupplösta experiment som profilerar vedens utveckling undersökts; ett från gömfröiga träd Populus tremula och det andra från nakenföriga träd (barrträd) Picea abies. Datat som behandlats har publicerats tillsammans med webbsidor med flera olika verktyg för att bland annat visa genuttryck, se korrelationer av genuttryck och test för anrikning av funktionella gener i en grupp. En resurs som utvecklats tillåter interaktiva jämförelser av korrelationer mellan arter för att kunna identifiera moduler (grupper av gener) som bevaras eller skilts åt mellan arter över tid. Identifieringen av sådana bevarade moduler kan hjälpa att fokusera framtida forskning samt ge biologer en möjlighet att identifiera regulatoriska gener för en riktad förbättring av egenskaper hos träd.

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Umeå: Umeå university, 2017. 47 p.
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Comparative genomics, Web resource, Wood development, RNA-Seq, Forestry, Lignocellulose, Regulomics, High-spatial resolution, Populus tremula, Picea abies, Orthology.
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Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
Research subject
biology; Molecular Biotechnology
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urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-133984 (URN)978-91-7601-707-4 (ISBN)
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2017-05-18, KB3A9, KBC-Huset, Umeå university, Umeå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-04-27 Created: 2017-04-24 Last updated: 2017-05-18Bibliographically approved

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