Chromosome-level genome assembly and annotation of the social amoeba Dictyostelium firmibasis.

Edelbroek B, Kjellin J, Jerlström-Hultqvist J, Koskiniemi S, Söderbom F

Sci Data 11 (1) 678 [2024-06-22; online 2024-06-22]

Dicytostelium firmibasis is a member of Dictyostelia, a group of social amoebae that upon starvation display aggregative multicellularity where the amoebae transition from uni- to multicellular life. The D. firmibasis genome assembly that is currently available is of limited use due to its low contiguity, large number of undetermined bases, and lack of annotations. Here we used Nanopore long read sequencing, complemented with Illumina sequencing, and developmental transcriptomics as well as small RNA-sequencing, to present a new, fully annotated, chromosome-level D. firmibasis genome assembly. The new assembly contains no undetermined bases, and consists mainly of six large contigs representing the chromosomes, as well as a complete mitochondrial genome. This new genome assembly will be a valuable tool, allowing comprehensive comparison to Dictyostelium discoideum, the dictyostelid genetically tractable model. Further, the new genome will be important for studies of evolutionary processes governing the transition from unicellular to multicellular organisms and will aid in the sequencing and annotation of other dictyostelids genomes, many of which are currently of poor quality.

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PubMed 38909042

DOI 10.1038/s41597-024-03513-8

Crossref 10.1038/s41597-024-03513-8

pmc: PMC11193728
pii: 10.1038/s41597-024-03513-8

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