The Genetic Basis of Morphological Diversity in Domesticated Goldfish

The Genetic Basis of Morphological Diversity in Domesticated Goldfish

Tetsuo Kon, Yoshihiro Omori, Kentaro Fukuta, Hironori Wada, Masakatsu Watanabe, Zelin Chen, Miki Iwasaki, Tappei Mishina, Shin-ichiro S. Matsuzaki, Daiki Yoshihara, Jumpei Arakawa, Koichi Kawakami, Atsushi Toyoda, Shawn M. Burgess, Hideki Noguchi, Takahisa Furukawa.

Current Biology 30, 1-15 (2020). DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2020.04.034

Although domesticated goldfish strains exhibit highly diversified phenotypes in morphology, the genetic basis underlying these phenotypes is poorly understood. Here, based on analysis of transposable elements in the allotetraploid goldfish genome, we found that its two subgenomes have evolved asymmetrically since a whole-genome duplication event in the ancestor of goldfish and common carp. We conducted whole- genome sequencing of 27 domesticated goldfish strains and wild goldfish. We identified more than 60 million genetic variations and established a population genetic structure of major goldfish strains. Genome-wide association studies and analysis of strain-specific variants revealed genetic loci associated with several goldfish phenotypes, including dorsal fin loss, long-tail, telescope-eye, albinism, and heart-shaped tail. Our results suggest that accumulated mutations in the asymmetrically evolved subgenomes led to generation of diverse phenotypes in the goldfish domestication history. This study is a key resource for understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic diversity among goldfish strains.

This work was carried out as collaboration between Osaka Univ and NIG (Lab of Molecular and Developmental Biology, Comparative Genomics Lab and Advanced Genomics Center) and supported by the NIG-JOINT program


Figure: Wild type (1) and mutant (2-28) goldfish. Genome analysis revealed China (2-11), Ranchu (12-17) and Edo (18-28) groups.

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