ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-101203-3
Concomitant duplications of opioid peptide and receptor genes before the origin of jawed vertebrates
Sundström, G., Dreborg, S., and Larhammar, D.
Date: 2010
Source: PLoS One   5(5): e10512 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Larhammar, Dan, Sundström, Görel
Keywords: Opioids, Sequence motif analysis, Chickens, Chromosomes, Genomic databases, Mammalian genomics, Amphibian genomics, Sequence databases
MeSH Terms:
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Biological Evolution*
  • Chickens
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Gene Duplication*
  • Humans
  • Jaw/anatomy & histology*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Opioid Peptides/chemistry
  • Opioid Peptides/genetics*
  • Phylogeny
  • Receptors, Cell Surface/genetics
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Synteny/genetics
  • Vertebrates/genetics*
PubMed: 20463905 Full text @ PLoS One
BACKGROUND: The opioid system is involved in reward and pain mechanisms and consists in mammals of four receptors and several peptides. The peptides are derived from four prepropeptide genes, PENK, PDYN, PNOC and POMC, encoding enkephalins, dynorphins, orphanin/nociceptin and beta-endorphin, respectively. Previously we have described how two rounds of genome doubling (2R) before the origin of jawed vertebrates formed the receptor family. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Opioid peptide gene family members were investigated using a combination of sequence-based phylogeny and chromosomal locations of the peptide genes in various vertebrates. Several adjacent gene families were investigated similarly. The results show that the ancestral peptide gene gave rise to two additional copies in the genome doublings. The fourth member was generated by a local gene duplication, as the genes encoding POMC and PNOC are located on the same chromosome in the chicken genome and all three teleost genomes that we have studied. A translocation has disrupted this synteny in mammals. The PDYN gene seems to have been lost in chicken, but not in zebra finch. Duplicates of some peptide genes have arisen in the teleost fishes. Within the prepropeptide precursors, peptides have been lost or gained in different lineages. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: The ancestral peptide and receptor genes were located on the same chromosome and were thus duplicated concomitantly. However, subsequently genetic linkage has been lost. In conclusion, the system of opioid peptides and receptors was largely formed by the genome doublings that took place early in vertebrate evolution.