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Genomic resources and annotations for a colonial ascidian, the light-bulb sea squirt Clavelina lepadiformis

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Ascidian embryos have been studied since the birth of experimental embryology at the end of the 19th century. They represent textbook examples of mosaic development characterized by a fast development with very few cells and invariant cleavage patterns and lineages. Ascidians belong to tunicates, the vertebrate sister group, and their study is essential to shed light on the emergence of vertebrates. Importantly, deciphering developmental gene regulatory networks has been carried out mostly in two of the three ascidian orders, Phlebobranchia and Stolidobranchia. To infer ancestral developmental programs in ascidians, it is thus essential to carry out molecular embryology in the third ascidian order, the Aplousobranchia. Here, we present genomic resources for the colonial aplousobranch Clavelina lepadiformis: a transcriptome produced from various embryonic stages, and an annotated genome. The assembly consists of 184 contigs making a total of 233.6 Mb with a N50 of 8.5 Mb and a L50 of 11. The 32,318 predicted genes capture 96.3% of BUSCO orthologs. We further show that these resources are suitable to study developmental gene expression and regulation in a comparative framework within ascidians. Additionally, they will prove valuable for evolutionary and ecological studies.
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hal-04511455 , version 1 (19-03-2024)

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Vladimir Daric, Maxence Lanoizelet, Hélène Mayeur, Cécile Leblond, Sébastien Darras. Genomic resources and annotations for a colonial ascidian, the light-bulb sea squirt Clavelina lepadiformis. Genome Biology and Evolution, 2024, ⟨10.1093/gbe/evae038⟩. ⟨hal-04511455⟩
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