Amplification dynamics of platy-1 retrotransposons in the cebidae platyrrhine lineage

Jessica M. Storer, Jackson R. Mierl, Sarah A. Brantley, Breanna Threeton, Yahor Sukharutski, Lydia C. Rewerts, Corey P. St Romain, Madeline M. Foreman, Jasmine N. Baker, Jerilyn A. Walker, Joseph D. Orkin, Amanda D. Melin, Kimberley A. Phillips, Miriam K. Konkel, Mark A. Batzer

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Platy-1 elements are Platyrrhine-specific, short interspersed elements originally discovered in the Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset) genome. To date,only themarmoset genomehas been analyzed for Platy-1 repeat content.Here,we report full-length Platy-1 insertions in other NewWorld monkey (NWM) genomes (Saimiri boliviensis, squirrel monkey; Cebus imitator, capuchin monkey; and Aotus nancymaae, owl monkey) and analyze the amplification dynamics of lineage-specific Platy-1 insertions. A relatively small number of full-length and lineage-specific Platy-1 elements were found in the squirrel, capuchin, and owl monkey genomes compared with the marmoset genome. In addition, only a few older Platy-1 subfamilies were recovered in this study, with no Platy-1 subfamilies younger than Platy-1-6. By contrast, 62 Platy-1 subfamilieswere discovered in themarmoset genome.All of the lineagespecific insertions found in the squirrel and capuchin monkeys were fixed present. However, 15%of the lineage-specific Platy-1 loci in Aotus were polymorphic for insertion presence/absence. In addition, two new Platy-1 subfamilies were identified in the owl monkey genome with low nucleotide divergences compared with their respective consensus sequences, suggesting minimal ongoing retrotransposition in the Aotus genus and no current activity in the Saimiri, Cebus, and Sapajus genera. These comparative analyses highlight the finding that the high number of Platy-1 elements discovered in themarmoset genome is an exception among NWManalyzed thus far, rather than the rule. Future studies are needed to expand upon our knowledge of Platy-1 amplification in other NWM genomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1105-1116
Number of pages12
JournalGenome Biology and Evolution
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Evolution
  • Insertion
  • Polymorphism
  • Subfamilies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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