The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties

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21 blogs
603 tweeters
55 Facebook pages
2 Wikipedia pages
116 Google+ users
7 Redditors
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The octopus genome and the evolution of cephalopod neural and morphological novelties
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Nature, August 2015
DOI 10.1038/nature14668
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Caroline B. Albertin, Oleg Simakov, Therese Mitros, Z. Yan Wang, Judit R. Pungor, Eric Edsinger-Gonzales, Sydney Brenner, Clifton W. Ragsdale, Daniel S. Rokhsar, Albertin, Caroline B, Simakov, Oleg, Mitros, Therese, Wang, Z Yan, Pungor, Judit R, Edsinger-Gonzales, Eric, Brenner, Sydney, Ragsdale, Clifton W, Rokhsar, Daniel S


Coleoid cephalopods (octopus, squid and cuttlefish) are active, resourceful predators with a rich behavioural repertoire. They have the largest nervous systems among the invertebrates and present other striking morphological innovations including camera-like eyes, prehensile arms, a highly derived early embryogenesis and a remarkably sophisticated adaptive colouration system. To investigate the molecular bases of cephalopod brain and body innovations, we sequenced the genome and multiple transcriptomes of the California two-spot octopus, Octopus bimaculoides. We found no evidence for hypothesized whole-genome duplications in the octopus lineage. The core developmental and neuronal gene repertoire of the octopus is broadly similar to that found across invertebrate bilaterians, except for massive expansions in two gene families previously thought to be uniquely enlarged in vertebrates: the protocadherins, which regulate neuronal development, and the C2H2 superfamily of zinc-finger transcription factors. Extensive messenger RNA editing generates transcript and protein diversity in genes involved in neural excitability, as previously described, as well as in genes participating in a broad range of other cellular functions. We identified hundreds of cephalopod-specific genes, many of which showed elevated expression levels in such specialized structures as the skin, the suckers and the nervous system. Finally, we found evidence for large-scale genomic rearrangements that are closely associated with transposable element expansions. Our analysis suggests that substantial expansion of a handful of gene families, along with extensive remodelling of genome linkage and repetitive content, played a critical role in the evolution of cephalopod morphological innovations, including their large and complex nervous systems.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 22 5%
United Kingdom 7 1%
Brazil 7 1%
France 4 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Japan 3 <1%
Peru 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Spain 2 <1%
Other 17 4%
Unknown 409 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 154 32%
Researcher 106 22%
Student > Master 65 14%
Student > Bachelor 56 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 22 5%
Other 75 16%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 363 76%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 52 11%
Neuroscience 9 2%
Computer Science 7 1%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 1%
Other 40 8%

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