LASCANO Cecilia Ines
The Rhinella arenarum transcriptome: de novo assembly, annotation and gene prediction
CESCHIN, DANILO GUILLERMO; PIRES, NATALIA SUSANA; MARDIROSIAN, MARIANA NOELIA; LASCANO, CECILIA INÉS; VENTURINO, ANDRÉS
Nature Publishing Group
Año: 2020 vol. 10
The common toad Rhinella arenarum is widely distributed in Argentina, where it is utilised as an autochthonous model in ecotoxicological research and environmental toxicology. However, the lack of a reference genome makes molecular assays and gene expression studies difficult to carry out on this non-model species. To address this issue, we performed a genome-wide transcriptome analysis on R. arenarum larvae through massive RNA sequencing, followed by de novo assembly, annotation, and gene prediction. We obtained 57,407 well-annotated transcripts representing 99.4% of transcriptome completeness (available at http://rhinella.uncoma.edu.ar). We also defined a set of 52,800 high-confidence lncRNA transcripts and demonstrated the reliability of the transcriptome data to perform phylogenetic analysis. Our comprehensive transcriptome analysis of R. arenarum represents a valuable resource to perform functional genomic studies and to identify potential molecular biomarkers in ecotoxicological research.