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The complexity of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus genome characterised through detailed analysis of two BAC clones
- Moolhuijzen, Paula M., Lew-Tabor, Ala E., Morgan, Jess A. T., Valle, Manuel Rodríguez, Peterson, Daniel G., Dowd, Scot E., Guerrero, Felix D., Bellgard, Matthew I., Appels, Rudi
- BMC Research Notes 2011 v.4 pp. 254
- Anopheles, Araneae, Boophilus annulatus, Boophilus microplus, Crustacea, Drosophila, Rhipicephalus, Scorpiones, bacterial artificial chromosomes, clones, genes, genomics, mites, ticks, vector-borne diseases
- Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus (Rmi) a major cattle ectoparasite and tick borne disease vector, impacts on animal welfare and industry productivity. In arthropod research there is an absence of a complete Chelicerate genome, which includes ticks, mites, spiders, scorpions and crustaceans. Model arthropod genomes such as Drosophila and Anopheles are too taxonomically distant for a reference in tick genomic sequence analysis. This study focuses on the de-novo assembly of two R. microplus BAC sequences from the understudied R microplus genome. Based on available R. microplus sequenced resources and comparative analysis, tick genomic structure and functional predictions identify complex gene structures and genomic targets expressed during tick-cattle interaction.