Zhou Chang's research while affiliated with Kunming Institute of Zoology CAS and other places

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The Elateridae family (click beetles) represents a highly diverse lineage that possesses a specialized clicking mechanism to startle predators. At present, however, phylogenetic relationships, especially among recognized subfamilies, remain contentious. Mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) can help resolve previously intractable phylogenetic relatio...
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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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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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Background Insect body coloration often functions as camouflage to survive from predators or mate selection. Transportation of pigment precursors or related metabolites from cytoplasm to subcellular pigment granules is one of the key steps in insect pigmentation and usually executed via such transporter proteins as the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) tr...
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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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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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... 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]. ...
... In adults, cuticular protein is regulated in the testes of most Lepidoptera insects, such as Spodoptera litura [35]. DEGs also regulate wing development through expression of histidine-rich cuticular protein [36] in adults. ...
... 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. ...
... 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. ...