The organization of the mitochondrial control region in 2 Brachyuran Crustaceans: Ucides cordatus (Ocypodidae) and Cardisoma guanhumi (Gecarcinidae)

Marcio R. Pie, José F. Oliveira-Neto, Walter A. Boeger, Antonio Ostrensky, Rafael A. Baggio

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Abstract

The control region (CR) is the largest noncoding segment of the mitochondrial DNA and includes the major regulatory elements for its replication and expression. In addition, the high level of intraspecific genetic variability found in the CR favors its use in phylogeographical and population genetic studies of a variety of organisms. However, most of the work on the structure of the CR has focused on vertebrates and insects, and little is known about the evolution of the CR in other taxa. In this study, we sequenced the entire CR of several individuals of 2 crab species: Ucides cordatus (Ocypodidae) and Cardisoma guanhumi (Gecarcinidae). There were neither large conserved regions in the CR of either species nor any similarity among species at the nucleotide level. However, the spatial pattern of genetic variability on the CR was similar among species. In addition, interesting similarities were found in the formation of stable secondary structures and in the position of regulatory elements. These results indicate that the evolution of CR in crustaceans is a remarkably dynamic process, with most homology among species being found at the secondary level.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)432-437
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Heredity
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

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