Eukaryotic genome size databases

Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada.
Nucleic Acids Research (Impact Factor: 9.11). 02/2007; 35(Database issue):D332-8. DOI: 10.1093/nar/gkl828
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ABSTRACT Three independent databases of eukaryotic genome size information have been launched or re-released in updated form since
2005: the Plant DNA C-values Database (, the Animal Genome Size Database ( and the Fungal Genome Size Database ( In total, these databases provide freely accessible genome size data for >10 000 species of eukaryotes assembled from more
than 50 years' worth of literature. Such data are of significant importance to the genomics and broader scientific community
as fundamental features of genome structure, for genomics-based comparative biodiversity studies, and as direct estimators
of the cost of complete sequencing programs.

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    • "Because the stem salmonid underwent WGD, unchanged chromosome numbers would result in extant salmonids with around 50 chromosomes, a number twice that of their closest relatives. In contrast, although cells of salmonid fishes consistently have double the DNA content (Gregory et al. 2007) and chromosome arms (Phillips et al. 2009) as compared to their closest relatives, their chromosome numbers vary extensively between 26 and 51. Most of the species have a lower chromosome number than the original number after duplication (Supp. "
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    ABSTRACT: Whole-genome duplication (WGD) events have shaped the history of many evolutionary lineages. One such duplication has been implicated in the evolution of teleost fishes, by far the most species-rich vertebrate clade. After initial controversy, there is now solid evidence that such event took place in the common ancestor of all extant teleosts. It is termed teleost-specific (TS) WGD. After WGD, duplicate genes have different fates. The most likely outcome is non-functionalization of one duplicate gene due to the lack of selective constraint on preserving both. Mechanisms that act on preservation of duplicates are subfunctionalization (partitioning of ancestral gene functions on the duplicates), neofunctionalization (assigning a novel function to one of the duplicates) and dosage selection (preserving genes to maintain dosage balance between interconnected components). Since the frequency of these mechanisms is influenced by the genes' properties, there are over-retained classes of genes, such as highly expressed ones and genes involved in neural function. The consequences of the TS-WGD, especially its impact on the massive radiation of teleosts, have been matter of controversial debate. It is evident that gene duplications are crucial for generating complexity and that WGDs provide large amounts of raw material for evolutionary adaptation and innovation. However, it is less clear whether the TS-WGD is directly linked to the evolutionary success of teleosts and their radiation. Recent studies let us conclude that TS-WGD has been important in generating teleost complexity, but that more recent ecological adaptations only marginally related to TS-WGD might have even contributed more to diversification. It is likely, however, that TS-WGD provided teleosts with diversification potential that can become effective much later, such as during phases of environmental change.
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    • "Glomeromycota genome size estimations showed great variations according to species, ranging from 0.18 to 1.08 pg of DNA per nucleus (Bianciotto & Bonfante, 1992; Hosny, Gianinazzi-Pearson, & Dulieu, 1998), that is, 176 Mb to over 1 Gb using the conversion formula of Doležel, Bartoš, Voglmayr, and Greilhuber (2003). Glomeromycota hence present the largest genome sizes among fungi (37 Mb on average—Gregory et al., 2007). Flow cytometry assays performed on isolate DAOM197198 first led to a genome size estimation of around 15 Mb (Hijri & Sanders, 2004), but later measurements using different standards indicated that the genome size could be in fact 10 times higher (154.8 "
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