J Genomics 2017; 5:83-90. doi:10.7150/jgen.19146 This volume
1. Key Laboratory of Experimental Marine Biology, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, Shandong, 266071, China;
2. Department of Aquaculture, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, Jiangsu, 101300, China;
3. National & Local Joint Engineering Laboratory of Ecological Mariculture, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao, Shandong, 266071, China;
4. Laboratory for Marine Fisheries and Aquaculture, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao, Shandong, 266071, China;
5. Laboratory for Marine Biology and Biotechnology, Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Qingdao, Shandong, 266071, China.
Carotenoids are commonly deposited in the gonads of marine bivalves but rarely in their adductor muscles. An orange-adductor variant was identified in our breeding program for the bay scallop Argopecten irradians. In the present study, bay scallop genome survey sequencing was conducted, followed by genotyping by sequencing (GBS)-based case-control association analysis in a selfing family that exhibited segregation in adductor color. K-mer analysis (K=17) revealed that the bay scallop genome is about 990 Mb in length. De novo assembly produced 217,310 scaffold sequences, which provided 72.1% coverage of the whole genome and covered 72,187 transcripts, thereby yielding the most informative sequence resource for bay scallop to date. The average carotenoid content of the orange-adductor progenies was significantly higher than that of the white-adductor progenies. Thus, 20 individuals of each subgroup were sampled for case-control analysis. As many as 15,224 heterozygous loci were identified in the parent, among which 9280 were genotyped in at least 10 individuals of each of the two sub-groups. Association analysis indicated that 126 SNPs were associated with carotenoid accumulation in the adductor muscle and that 88 of these were significantly enriched on 28 scaffolds (FDR controlled P < 0.05). The SNPs and genes located on these scaffolds can serve as valuable candidates for further research into the mechanisms by which marine bivalves accumulate carotenoids in their adductor muscles.
Keywords: Bay scallop, Draft genome, Carotenoid accumulation, SNP, GBS.