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Initiating the mollusk genomics annotation community: toward creating the complete curated gene-set of the Japanese Pearl Oyster, Pinctada fucata.

Authors
  • Kawashima, Takeshi
  • Takeuchi, Takeshi
  • Koyanagi, Ryo
  • Kinoshita, Shigeharu
  • Endo, Hirotoshi
  • Endo, Kazuyoshi
Type
Published Article
Journal
ZOOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Publisher
BioOne (Zoological Society of Japan)
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2013
Volume
30
Issue
10
Pages
794–796
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2108/zsj.30.794
PMID: 24125643
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The genome sequence of the Japanese pearl oyster, the first draft genome from a mollusk, was published in February 2012. In order to curate the draft genome assemblies and annotate the predicted gene models, two annotation Jamborees were held in Okinawa and Tokyo. To date, 761 genes have been surveyed and curated. A preparatory meeting and a debriefing were held at the Misaki Marine Biological Station before and after the Jamborees. These four events, in conjunction with the sequence-decoding project, have facilitated the first series of gene annotations. Genome annotators among the Jamboree participants added 22 functional categories to the annotation system to date. Of these, 17 are included in Generic Gene Ontology. The other five categories are specific to molluskan biology, such as "Byssus Formation" and "Shell Formation", including Biomineralization and Acidic Proteins. A total of 731 genes from our latest version of gene models are annotated and classified into these 22 categories. The resulting data will serve as a useful reference for future genomic analyses of this species as well as comparative analyses among mollusks.

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