Jie Yang's research while affiliated with Chinese Academy of Sciences and other places

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Papilio machaon was assigned as the type species for all butterflies by Linnaeus and P. bianor is a congener but exhibits a great difference in morphology (especially larva and adult color pattern) and larval host plants from P. machaon. Thus, they are the ideal models to investigate genetic mechanisms underlying morphology and plasticity between c...
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Swallowtail butterflies (Papilionidae) are a historically significant butterfly group due to their colorful wing patterns, extensive morphological diversity, and phylogenetically important position as a sister group to all other butterflies and have been widely studied regarding ecological adaption, phylogeny, genetics, and evolution. Notably, they...
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The growth and development of metabolous insects are mainly regulated by ecdysone and juvenile hormone. As a member of the low‐density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) family, megalin (mgl) is involved in the lipoprotein transport of cholesterol which is an essential precursor for the synthesis of ecdysone. Despite extensive studies in mammals, the func...
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Butterflies are diverse in virtually all aspects of their ontogeny, including morphology, life history, and behavior. However, the developmental regulatory mechanisms underlying the important phenotypic traits of butterflies at different developmental stages remain unknown. Here, we investigated the developmental regulatory profiles of butterflies...
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Fireflies are among the most charismatic insects for their spectacular bioluminescence, but the origin and evolution of bioluminescence remain elusive. Especially, the genic basis of luciferin (D-luciferin) biosynthesis and light patterns is largely unknown. Here, we present the high-quality reference genomes of two fireflies Lamprigera yunnana (10...
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The leaf resemblance of Kallima (Nymphalidae) butterflies is an important ecological adaptive mechanism that increases survival. However, the genetic mechanism underlying ecological adaptation remains unclear owing to a dearth of genomic information. Herein, we determined the karyotype (n = 31) of the dead‐leaf butterfly Kallima inachus, and genera...
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The Asian Buffalo leech, Hirudinaria manillensis, is an aquatic sanguivorous species distributed widely in Southeast Asia. H. manillensis has long been used clinically for bloodletting and other medical purposes. Recent studies have focused on artificial culturing, strain optimization, and the identification and development new drugs based on the a...
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Butterflies have been of great interest to naturalists for centuries, and the study of butterflies has been an integral part of ecology and evolution ever since Darwin proposed his theory of natural selection in 1859. There are > 18 000 butterfly species worldwide, showing great diversity in morphological traits and ecological niches. Compared with...
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Background Papilio bianor Cramer, 1777 (commonly known as the Chinese peacock butterfly) (Insecta, Lepidoptera, Papilionidae) is a widely distributed swallowtail butterfly with a wide number of geographic populations ranging from the southeast of Russia to China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Thailand. Its wing color consists of both pigmenta...
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The ruminants are one of the most successful mammalian lineages, exhibiting morphological and habitat diversity and containing several key livestock species. To better understand their evolution, we generated and analyzed de novo assembled genomes of 44 ruminant species, representing all six Ruminantia families. We used these genomes to create a ti...
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Przewalski’s gazelle (Procapra przewalskii) is one of the most endangered species listed in the IUCN Red List. It is endemic to China and a flagship species in the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. Here, we assembled the complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of P. przewalskii for the first time. Moreover, we conducted the phylogenet...
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The Thomson’s gazelle (Eudorcas thomsonii) is listed as a “near threatened” species in the IUCN Red List due to a steep decline in its population size. Here we report the complete mitochondrial genome of E. thomsonii for the first time. The mitochondrial genome of E. thomsonii is 16,761 bp in length with a GC content of 38.4%; it contains 13 protei...
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The mountain nyala (Tragelaphus buxtoni) is listed as an endangered species in the IUCN Red List due to a steep decline in its population size. Here we report the complete mitochondrial genome of T. buxtoni for the first time. Furthermore, we present and discuss a phylogenetic tree including 11 other Bovidae species. The new mitochondrial genome (m...

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... Developmental studies have been done on several butterfly species, including Vanessa cardui [10], Pieris rapae [11], Bicyclus anynana [12], and many others. The genome of the nearest species of P. bremeri, P. apollo, Papilio xutus, Papilio machaon and P. bianor have been studied recently [13][14][15]. In addition, in recent times we have identified antimicrobial peptide candidates in P. bremeri against the causative agent of periodontitis, Porphyromonas gingivalis [16]. ...
... Recently, attempts to elucidate the biosynthetic pathway of beetle luciferin also used transcriptional studies of firefly lanterns 11,13,[15][16][17][18][19][20] , and comparatively, both photogenic and non-photogenic tissues of fireflies, click beetles and railroad worms, and non-luminescent Elateroidea 18,19 . These studies highlighted the occurrence of active cysteine metabolism as well as abundance of phenoloxidases in firefly lanterns 16,18 . ...
... The data paves the way for understanding the interplay between molecular mechanisms and micro-evolutionary processes shaping the genome of butterflies in general and provide the first insights into the links between genomic features and the unique lifestyle of this species. The rapid technological advances and dropping costs of DNA-sequencing methods have led to a staggering development rate of high-quality genome assemblies, including many butterfly species [20,34,63,96,116], and the availability of genomic resources will probably increase almost exponentially in the near future, as a result of the Darwin tree of Life (http s://www.darwintreeoflife.org/), the European Reference Genome Atlas (ERGA; https://www.erga-biodiversity.eu/) and other similar initiatives. ...
... Despite intensive efforts, we failed to identify and characterize the gene encoding TH in our specimen of Hirudinaria manillensis. However, when thoroughly analysing the genome data of Hirudinaria (Poecilobdella) manillensis (Guan et al. 2020;GenBank Acc. No. SRX4286737), we identified a segment of about 18,200 bp in length on contig00065 (GenBank Acc. ...
... These inconsistencies could be resolved by large-scale molecular data and/or additional taxa sampling. For example, a robust subfamily-level phylogeny was recovered using mitogenomic data from 264 butterfly species (Liu et al., 2020). Furthermore, family-level ruminant topological controversies were resolved using large-scale genome-wide data (Chen et al., 2019). ...
... Although Allio, Scornavacca et al. (2020) have previously generated Illumina shotgun data for I. podalirius, the assemblies based on these data (Allio, Scornavacca et al. 2020;Ellis et al. 2021) are highly fragmented (with an N50 of 0.6 and 1.7 kb, respectively). More generally, while chromosome-level assemblies are available for several swallowtail butterflies in the genus Papilio (Lu et al. 2019), similarly contiguous genome assemblies are lacking for other tribes within Papilioninae. ...
... This may suggest that convergent evolution may occur between the carnivores and the herbivores studied. The convergent evolution of diet-related genes is often considered to be resulted from the utilization of similar food [12,[64][65][66], while its occurrence in the ruminants, as evidenced previously [67][68][69], may largely attribute to their specialized digestive system rather than similar food. As we know, ruminants primarily consume plant materials rich in carbohydrates, but they have no enzymes to digest the refractory materials (e.g., cellulose) in their diets. ...