A ddRAD-based genetic map and its integration with the genome assembly of Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) provides insights into genome evolution after the teleost-specific genome duplication
© Kai et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014
Received: 21 November 2013
Accepted: 17 March 2014
Published: 26 March 2014
Recent advancements in next-generation sequencing technology have enabled cost-effective sequencing of whole or partial genomes, permitting the discovery and characterization of molecular polymorphisms. Double-digest restriction-site associated DNA sequencing (ddRAD-seq) is a powerful and inexpensive approach to developing numerous single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers and constructing a high-density genetic map. To enrich genomic resources for Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica), we constructed a ddRAD-based genetic map using an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine and anchored scaffolds of the current genome assembly to 19 linkage groups of the Japanese eel. Furthermore, we compared the Japanese eel genome with genomes of model fishes to infer the history of genome evolution after the teleost-specific genome duplication.
We generated the ddRAD-based linkage map of the Japanese eel, where the maps for female and male spanned 1748.8 cM and 1294.5 cM, respectively, and were arranged into 19 linkage groups. A total of 2,672 SNP markers and 115 Simple Sequence Repeat markers provide anchor points to 1,252 scaffolds covering 151 Mb (13%) of the current genome assembly of the Japanese eel. Comparisons among the Japanese eel, medaka, zebrafish and spotted gar genomes showed highly conserved synteny among teleosts and revealed part of the eight major chromosomal rearrangement events that occurred soon after the teleost-specific genome duplication.
The ddRAD-seq approach combined with the Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine sequencing allowed us to conduct efficient and flexible SNP genotyping. The integration of the genetic map and the assembled sequence provides a valuable resource for fine mapping and positional cloning of quantitative trait loci associated with economically important traits and for investigating comparative genomics of the Japanese eel.
KeywordsJapanese eel Genetic map ddRAD-seq Ion PGM Synteny Teleost-specific whole genome duplication
Next-generation sequencing platforms permit for the cost-effective sequencing of whole or partial genomes in a relatively short time, which is greatly accelerating genomic research in non-model organisms. In particular, single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping by restriction-site associated DNA sequencing (RAD-seq) is a powerful approach for developing a large number of genetic markers, for constructing a high-density genetic map and for studying the genetic architecture of complex traits [1–6]. This approach sequences short targets that immediately flank sites for a particular restriction enzyme throughout a genome; this produces a reduced representation of the genome, allowing oversequencing of the nucleotides next to the restriction sites and detection of SNPs. This approach can rapidly and cost-effectively discover SNPs compared with whole-genome sequencing (reviewed in ); nevertheless, a massive amount of sequence data is required to increase the read depth for more accurate SNP calling. Therefore, in previous studies, RAD-seq has generally been performed using Illumina sequencing platforms, such as the Genome Analyzer IIx (GAIIx) and HiSeq series [1–6]. Recently, double-digest RAD-seq (ddRAD-seq) has been developed as a simple and robust method . Unlike the RAD-seq, this approach uses two restriction enzyme comprising a rare-cutting one and frequently-cutting one and avoids random shearing of the DNA. Such precise and repeatable size selection allows stable shared region recovery across samples (or individuals). Thus, ddRAD-seq produces more effective SNP genotyping compared with RAD-seq, even using a relatively small number of reads generated by a small next-generation benchtop sequencer, such as an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (Life Technologies Corporation, Carlsbad, CA, USA), which was launched in early 2011 . This platform performs semiconductor sequencing that relies on the detection of pH changes induced by the release of a proton upon the incorporation of a nucleotide during strand synthesis  and generates over 500 million reads per run at 4.5 hours. The Ion PGM is a relatively new technology; therefore, its output, including quality and downstream application, has not yet fully matured . However, as the sequencing cost (price per base) continues to drop, the platform will soon be applicable for small and medium-size laboratories .
The Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) is one of the most widely cultivated fish species in East Asian countries; however, the farming of this species has been completely dependent on seeds from nature, and broodstock domestication on a commercial scale has yet to be fully developed. Aiming for stable production of this species, the first techniques for artificial breeding were established in 1970s [12, 13]. Thereafter, research has improved these techniques , and recently we succeeded in obtaining an F2 generation of this species (unpublished results). Although further improvements are required for large-scale commercial production, the broodstock domestication and selective breeding, including a DNA marker-assisted selection based on quantitative trait loci (QTLs), is now within reach. A key step in such a genetic improvement scheme is an accumulation of genomic resources such as a draft genome sequence, transcriptome sequences and a genetic map. Recently, the draft genome of the Japanese eel was sequenced using Illumina platforms, yielding an assembly comprising 323,776 scaffolds and covering 1.15 Gb of the genome; gene prediction and annotation for this assembly are ongoing . In addition, we constructed the first genetic linkage map of this species . Integration of a genetic map and assembled sequences enable us to identify a chromosomal order of scaffolds in a draft assembly and provides a valuable resource for fine mapping and positional cloning of QTLs associated with economically important traits [17, 18]. However, in the Japanese eel, because of the low resolution of the genetic map, the chromosomal order of scaffolds in the current assembly is unknown, which has limited the use of the genomic sequences.
In addition to assisting in genetic studies, a genome map integrating a genetic map and assembled sequences is also a powerful tool for investigating comparative genomics [19, 20]. Eel species are one of the most distantly related groups to other teleost species and has diverged from the other teleosts in the basal lineage of the teleosts [21, 22]. Therefore, comparing the genome of the Japanese eel with those of other fishes would provide an opportunity to understand the genomic architecture of ancestral teleosts and chromosomal rearrangement events that occurred during teleost genome evolution. Teleost genomes have experienced a teleost-specific whole genome duplication event (TGD) [23, 24], which is thought to have triggered an acceleration of chromosomal rearrangements [4, 25, 26]. Indeed, Kasahara et al.  inferred that eight major chromosomal rearrangements occurred in the ancestral lineage of zebrafish (Danio rerio) and medaka (Oryzias latipes) after the TGD. In addition, the genome of the spotted gar (Lepisosteus oculatus), whose lineage diverged from the teleost lineage before the TGD, showed that the extent of conserved synteny between the gar and human (Homo sapiens) was higher than that between the gar and zebrafish, and the gar and the stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), suggesting that the TGD accelerated the loss of ancestral syntenies . Given the phylogenic position among these fishes, the TGD and subsequent chromosomal rearrangements are presumed to have occurred over a relatively short period . The eel lineage diverged from other teleost lineage within this period [21, 22]. Therefore, comparative genomics between the Japanese eel and model fishes provides new insights into the genome evolution soon after the TGD.
Here, we generated a ddRAD-based genetic map of the Japanese eel using an Ion PGM sequencer. The map comprised 19 linkage groups with a total of 2,672 SNP markers and 115 Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR) markers and was integrated with the current genome assembly to identify the chromosomal order of the scaffolds. In the current assembly, 151 Mb of the scaffolds has been anchored on the 19 linkage groups, and 70 Mb of them have been ordered on the linkage groups. Comparisons of the genomes between the Japanese eel and model fishes showed a highly conserved synteny among teleosts and revealed the history of genome evolution in the basal lineage of the teleosts.
Forty individuals of a wild-caught glass eel (Average of total length = 56.9 mm, body weight = 185.3 mg) of the Japanese eel were purchased from commercial fisheries in Japan. The sex ratio of this species is skewed towards the male under ordinary culture conditions [27, 28]. Therefore, half of them were feminized by feeding a diet containing estradiol-17β for 5 months , and cultivated fishes were used as a dam; the remaining male fish were not treated. These female and male eels were cultivated in freshwater for 2–3 years and then acclimated to seawater. Hormonal treatment was carried out for artificial maturation, and a mapping population was obtained by in vitro crossing, as described previously [16, 30, 31]. Ninety-two full-sib progeny from the single cross were used to develop a linkage map. This project was conducted in accordance with the Guidelines for Animal Experimentation of the National Research Institute of Aquaculture (NRIA), and all animal procedures were approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the NRIA.
ddRAD library preparation and sequencing
Muscle tissues of the parents were preserved in TNES urea buffer (10 mM Tris–HCl, pH 7.5, 125 mM NaCl, 10 mM EDTA, 1% sodium dodecyl sulfate, 8 M urea) at room temperature until DNA preparation. Genomic DNA was extracted from the stored samples using the standard phenol-chloroform technique. Genomic DNA of 198–457 days post-hatch juveniles (glass eels) was isolated from muscle tissues using the QuickGene-800 extraction platform (Fujifilm, Tokyo, Japan) with a QuickGene DNA tissue kit S (DT-S). Our ddRAD libraries were constructed using a method of combining a normal ddRAD-seq protocol  with an amplicon tagging protocol for Access Array technology (Fluidigm, South San Francisco, CA, USA) (also see Additional file 1: Figure S1). Briefly, 500 ng of DNA template from each individual was double-digested with BamHI-HF (10 units per reaction, New England Biolabs Inc., Beverly, MA, USA) and MspI (10 units per reaction, New England Biolabs Inc.) at 37°C for 1 h. We found approximately 100,000 cut sites of BamHI-HF (G|GATCC) and ~1,500,000 of MspI (C|CGG) in the current genome assembly of the Japanese eel . Each fragmented sample was purified using the MinElute PCR purification kit (Qiagen GmbH, Hilden, Germany), eluted with 30 μL of TE buffer (pH 8.0). Fragments were size-selected using the Pippin Prep (2% agarose cartridge, Sage Science, Beverly, MA, USA) under a “broad” setting with a mean of 150 bp and range of 120–180 bp. After size-selection, each sample was purified using Agencourt AMPure XP beads (Beckman Coulter Inc., Brea, CA, USA). Purified samples were then ligated to CS1-tagged and CS2-tagged adapters, consisting of the common sequence tag 1 (CS1) and the common sequence tag 2 (CS2) of Access Array, respectively. The CS1-tagged adapter binds to overhangs generated by BamHI, and the CS2-tagged adapter contains overhangs compatible with an MspI site. Adapter ligation was performed in a 40-μL reaction volume containing 25 μL of DNA samples, 2 μL of CS1-tagged adapter (100 nM), 4 μL of CS2-tagged adapter (100 nM), 1 μL of T4 ligase (1 U/μL, Invitrogen, Carlsbad, CA, USA) and 8 μL of 5 × T4 ligation buffer (Invitrogen). The reaction was incubated at room temperature for 1 h, and heat-inactivate The T4 ligase was then heat inactivated at 65°C for 30 min. After adapter ligation, each DNA samples was purified using Agencourt AMPure XP beads and amplified using KAPA HiFi polymerase (KAPA biosystems, Woburn, MA, USA) with 400 nM primers of Access Array Barcode Library for Ion Torrent PGM Sequencer-96 (Fluidigm). The following PCR protocol was used: initial denaturation at 95°C for 5 min; eight cycles of 95°C for 15 sec, 60°C for 30 sec and 72°C for 1 min; followed by a final extension period at 72°C for 3 min. The amplified libraries were purified using Agencourt AMPure XP beads and quantified using the Qubit fluorometer with a Quant-it dsDNA HS kit (Invitrogen). The libraries of the parents and the 92 progeny were pooled (two individuals per library for the parents and 6–16 individuals per library for the progeny). The quality, size and concentration of the pooled libraries were finally determined using the 2100 Bioanalyzer with a high sensitivity DNA chip (Agilent technologies, Waldbronn, Germany), and the library was diluted before template preparation. Emulsion PCR and Ion Sphere Particles enrichment were carried out using the Ion OneTouch system with an Ion OneTouch 200 Template kit v2 DL (Life Technologies Corporation). The 200 template samples were sequenced on 318 chips using the PGM platform with an Ion PGM 200 sequencing kit (Life Technologies Corporation). Data from the PGM runs were processed using the Ion Torrent Suite 3.4.2 software to generate sequenced reads.
Creation of the reference sequences and read mapping
Raw reads were filtered to discard those of low quality and sorted to individuals according to the barcode sequences of the Access Array using the process_radtags program in Stacks . The processes were conducted using the following options: restriction enzyme of BamHI, rescue barcodes and RAD-tags, discard reads with low quality scores, remove any read with an uncalled base and truncate final read length of 100 bp. To generate reference sequences for SNP discovery, the processed ddRAD-tags derived from the parents were clustered using USEARCH  with an identity threshold of 0.75. Centroid sequences derived from the clusters (the cluster size was ≥50, were used for read mapping as reference sequences. The processed reads derived from both of the parents and the 92 progeny were mapped to the reference sequence using CLC Genomics Workbench (CLC Bio, Aarhus, Denmark) with the following parameters: mismatch cost of 2, insertion cost of 3, deletion cost of 3, length fraction of 0.95, similarity of 0.95 and non-specific match handling of ignore. The output BAM files of each individual were sorted and indexed using SAMtools .
SNP calling and genotyping
SNPs were called using Unified Genotyper in the Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) , and the variants were filtered as follows: cluster window size of 10, quality of depth (QD) of <5 and genotype quality (GQ) of <30. For each given SNP site, the genotypes were labeled as “A” for a homozygous genotype of reference alleles, “B” for homozygous genotype of alternate non-reference alleles, and “H” for the heterozygous genotype. The low quality (QD < 5) and clustered SNP sites were removed from the genotype data, and the genotypes having lower reliability (GQ < 30) were replaced by a missing value.
Genotyping for SSR markers
To clarify the correspondence between the previous linkage map  and the present map, we mapped SSR markers located in the previous map to the present map. In addition, we developed novel SSR markers using a Roche 454 GS FLX Titanium platform. We constructed a shotgun library derived from a single individual of the Japanese eel and performed 454-pyrosequencing according to the manufacturer’s protocol (Roche 454 Life Sciences, Branford, CT, USA). De novo assembly of the processed reads was performed using the Newbler assembler 2.6 with default parameters. Auto-primer  was used to identify SSRs and design primer from the resultant contigs. PCR reactions and genotyping were performed as previously described .
Linkage map construction
To construct a linkage map of the Japanese eel, heterozygous markers in either one of the parents were used as a pseudo-testcross . Linkage analyses were conducted for markers genotyped in at least 88 of 92 (>95%) individuals using the R/qtl package . Markers showing significant Mendelian segregation distortion (χ2 test, P < 0.001, d.f. = 1) were excluded. For all markers, pairwise recombination estimates and logarithm of odds (LOD) scores were calculated, and marker pairs were then assigned to linkage groups at a LOD threshold of 7.0. Local marker order was determined by multipoint analysis. Map distances (cM) were calculated using the Kosambi function. Following the initial mapping, potential genotyping errors that may be identified through apparent tight double-crossovers were calculated, and a doubtful genotype having an error LOD of >2 was replaced by a missing value. Subsequently, a linkage map was reconstructed using the error corrected dataset, including markers genotyped in at least 88 of 92 (>95%) individuals. The resultant map was drawn using the perl script of genetic_mapper revision 0.4 , with a modification of color images. The corrected length of the linkage map (L) was estimated by multiplying the length of each linkage group by (m + 1)/(m - 1), where m is the number of markers in the linkage group . The genome coverage of the linkage map (c) was next estimated by calculating c = 1 - e -2dn/L , where d is the average interval of markers, n is the number of markers, and L is the length of the linkage map estimated above.
Anchoring scaffolds in the Japanese eel genome assembly to the linkage map
To identify the chromosomal order of scaffolds in the current genome assembly of the Japanese eel, we anchored the scaffolds to the linkage map using RAD-tag sequences for SNP markers and contig sequences for SSR markers. The eel draft sequence was obtained from the eel genome website . To find specific scaffolds associated with the sequences of SNP and SSR markers, these sequences were BLAST searched against the draft genome data with a cutoff E-value of 1e-20. In cases where the query hit two or more scaffolds with a less than two-fold difference in the bit score, we did not assign any scaffold. The relative order between anchored scaffolds on each chromosome was determined by the following rule. The order of scaffolds was initially determined in accordance with the order of the anchor points to scaffolds on the female linkage map. If two or more scaffolds had the same anchor point, the largest scaffold was used for ordering. Some scaffolds had the same anchor point on female map while their anchor points on male map were genetically separated. In such cases, if the sum length of these scaffolds was longer than that of a scaffold whose length was the longest in the same anchor point, these scaffolds were ordered according to the male map. Otherwise the largest scaffold was ordered. In the present study, the scaffolds anchored only to the male map were not used for ordering, because the relative order between these scaffolds and that anchored only to the female map was indeterminate.
To examine the conservation of syntenies between the Japanese eel and zebrafish, and the Japanese eel and medaka, we downloaded repeat-masked genomic sequences of zebrafish and medaka from the UCSC Genome browser . We then excluded sequences that have not been mapped on chromosomes in each species from the dataset. For the Japanese eel, the sequences of scaffolds anchored to chromosomes (linkage groups) were used for sequence alignments. Before alignment, repetitive elements in the anchored scaffolds were masked using RepeatMasker . The anchored scaffold sequences of individual chromosomes were firstly brought together into single-FASTA files with gap sequences of (N)10,000 between the scaffolds. This was to prevent a misdetection of a conserved sequence segment that lies astride two different scaffolds in the alignment processes. Then, the single-FASTA files of individual chromosomes were integrated into a multi-FASTA file. To detect triplets of conserved sequence segments among the three species, multiple genome alignments were performed using the progressiveMauve aligner , with the following parameters: seed weight of 20 and use a family of spaced seeds. Data for the conserved sequence segments in the output backbone files were used for constructing Oxford grids. To identify homologous regions in the spotted gar genome, the eel sequences associated with the conserved segments were searched against the spotted gar draft genome assembly using a BLAT program at the Pre Ensembl website , with default parameters. In cases where the query matched two or more chromosomal regions with a less than two-fold difference in the bit score, the match was considered insignificant.
Double-digest RAD sequencing using Ion PGM platform
Ion PGM sequencing generated 6.7 million raw reads from the mapping parents (Additional file 2: Table S1). After trimming the CS1-tgged and CS2-tagged adapters and filtering the low quality reads, 2,287,121 and 2,310,898 ddRAD-tags were obtained from the dam and sire, respectively. These tags from the parents were clustered into 9,634 RAD loci, of which the centroid sequences were used as reference sequences for SNP discovery. The reference sequences of the RAD loci are listed in Additional file 3. Then, Ion PGM sequencing yielded 96.3 million raw reads from the 92 progeny (Additional file 2: Table S1). After read processing, approximately 780,000 (SD: 194,262) tags were obtained per individual. All ddRAD-tags obtained from the parents and the progeny were submitted to the CLC Genomics Workbench and mapped to the reference sequences, resulting in 1,891,691 tags being mapped in the dam (on average, 195.6× coverage per locus), 1,943,489 tags in the sire (201.1×), and approximately 600,000 (SD: 145,465) tags in each progeny (62.5×, SD: 15.0). The raw reads of the ddRAD-seq have been deposited in the DDBJ Sequence Read Archive (DRA) under accession number [DDBJ:DRA001739].
SNP detection and genotyping
SNP detection and genotyping were performed using the Unified Genotyper in the GATK with default options, resulting in the identification of 14,397 biallelic SNP sites in the 9,634 loci. According to QD annotation, the SNP sites having low probability were excluded from the dataset. Additionally, the clustered SNP sites, which are often generated by misalignment in repetitive or homopolymeric regions, were also excluded from the dataset. As a result, 10,943 SNP sites passed through the filtration and were used as putative markers for constructing the linkage map. Among them, 2,694 markers were heterozygous in either one of the parents and were genotyped for sufficient numbers of progeny. Of these markers, 23 markers were significantly distorted from a Mendelian segregation ratio (1:1 in the backcross model) and were excluded from the dataset. The remaining 2,671 markers were informative and used for constructing the linkage map. Details of SNP detection are shown in Additional file 2: Table S2.
To clarify the correspondence between the previous linkage map  and the present map, we chose 106 SSR markers that were distributed genome-wide in the previous map. Additionally, to increase the number of SSR markers, a shotgun library was sequenced using a Roche/454 GS FLX Titanium platform, which generated 1,005,279 reads (average length = 254 bp) representing 255,755,881 bp. The raw sequencing data produced in this work have been deposited in the DRA under accession number [DDBJ:DRA001189]. After trimming the adapters and filtering the low quality and small reads, the high quality reads were assembled into 10,502 contigs (Average length of 374 bp, N50 length of 456 bp). After detecting SSRs from the contigs, we developed 144 SSR markers using previously described methods . Taken together, a total of 250 SSR markers were used for genotyping. To obtain informative markers for the mapping family, we examined the segregation type of these SSR loci in the parents, which showed that 124 markers exhibited polymorphisms. These markers were scored in the 92 progeny and tested for segregation distortion. In total, 115 markers were informative for the mapping family and were used to generate the linkage map together with the SNP markers. Details of primer sequences and DDBJ accessions [DDBJ:AB500964, AB860330-AB860372] are shown in Additional file 2: Table S3.
A second-generation linkage map of the Japanese eel
In a backcross model for a linkage analysis, a marker segregation type of “B/H” is used as a synonym of that of “A/H”. We therefore converted the genotype “B” to “A” in the genotype data before linkage analyses. The genotype data for female and male linkage maps are shown in Additional file 2: Table S4, Table S5.
Number of markers, genetic length and anchored scaffolds for each linkage group
Number of markers
Number of markers
The male map initially consisted of 20 linkage groups including a total of 1,346 markers (1,243 SNP markers and 103 SSR markers) at the LOD threshold of 7.0 (data not shown). These 1,243 SNP markers were positioned in 933 RAD loci, accounting for 1.3 SNP site per RAD sequence. Of all the SNP markers on both maps, 574 markers in female and 555 markers in male were co-located within 396 common RAD loci. Using these SNP markers and SSR markers that were heterozygous in both parents, we identified homologous pairs of linkage groups of the female and male. Eighteen pairs of linkage groups exhibited one-to-one correspondence between the female and male maps, whereas two linkage groups in the male were homologous to linkage group 14 in the female. Moreover, markers located on the two linkage groups in the male were linked with a LOD threshold of 4.0. We therefore considered the two linkage groups as a single linkage group. Subsequently, the male map comprised 19 linkage groups (Figure 1B, Table 1, Additional file 1: Figure S3. Additional file 2: Table S6). This map spans 1,294.5 cM, and the size of each linkage group ranged from 19.6 to 99.5 cM (mean 68.1 cM). The number of markers per linkage group varied from 22 to 127, with an average of 71 markers per group, and the average distance between two markers was 4.1 cM.
Based on the homologous pairs of linkage groups of the female and male, the resultant map consisted of 19 linkage groups including a total of 2,787 markers (Table 1). In this map, all informative markers showed detectable linkage to at least one other marker. The total genetic distances of the female and male maps were 1,748.8 and 1,294.5 cM, respectively. Using the method of Chakravarti et al. , the corrected lengths of the maps were estimated at 1,890.0 cM and 1457.0 cM, which were converted into genome coverages of 85.4% and 84.8%, respectively.
Integration of the genetic map and the assembled sequences
Targeting markers to specific regions of the scaffolds enabled us to identify the chromosomal order of the scaffolds in the Japanese eel genome assembly. Using BLAST searches, 2,260 of 2,672 SNP markers and 82 of 115 SSR markers sequences were assigned to 1,252 scaffolds covering 151 Mb (13% of the current assembly) (Figure 1C, Table 1, Additional file 1: Figure S4, Additional file 2: Table S6). Among them, 483 scaffolds covering 70 Mb (6%) were ordered to be consistent with the order of markers determined on the linkage maps. However, for most of the scaffolds, we were unable to identify their orientation on the linkage groups, because their sequence lengths of them were too short (average length was 145 kb), and genetically separated markers within the scaffold were rarely observed.
Syntenic relationships between the Japanese eel and model fishes
We next analyzed the syntenic conservation between the genomes of the Japanese eel and the spotted gar, which is a model species that serves as an outgroup for exploring the mechanisms of evolution after the TGD . The eel sequences derived from the 745 conserved sequence segments were searched against the gar draft genome assembly using the BLAT program, resulting in the 745 sequences of the eel being assigned to 453 unique sequences of the gar (Additional file 2: Table S7). Of these, 437 sequences have been mapped on the chromosomes of the gar. The oxford grid between the eel and gar showed that 295 of 437 (68%) putative orthologous sequence pairs fell in 31 syntenic boxes, each comprising of six or more ortholog pairs, while 142 (32%) ortholog pairs did not fall into syntenic boxes (Figure 2C). Although there were many traces of interchromosomal rearrangements between the two species, the analysis showed some one-to-two correspondences between these genomes. For example, most of the eel orthologs mapped on gar chromosome 21 (Loc21) were found on eel linkage group 3 (Aja3, 10 of 17 orthologs) and Aja16 (6 of 17 orthologs). In the Oxford grid between the eel and medaka, Aja3 and Aja16 had an orthologous relationship to medaka chromosome 12 (Ola12) and Ola9, respectively, which were previously shown to be paralogous derived by the TGD . Thus, Aja3 and Aja16 are likely to be a paralogous chromosome pair generated by the TGD. One-to-two relationships between the eel and gar genomes were also observed in Loc4 and Aja2/Aja9, Loc9 and Aja4/Aja5, Loc11 and Aja4/Aja7, Loc14 and Aja5/Aja19, Loc17 and Aja8/Aja14, and Loc1 and Aja7/Aja19. These pairs of eel linkage groups (or fragmented regions of them) also may possibly be paralogous pairs generated by the TGD.
Double-digest RAD sequencing using the next-generation benchtop sequencer
We combined the ddRAD-seq approach with Ion PGM sequencing to perform high-throughput SNP genotyping. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of constructing a highly dense genetic map using the Ion PGM platform. Compared with the RAD-seq approach, the ddRAD-seq permits greater robustness in region recovery . Indeed, our simulation showed that 87-88% of 150,000,000 ddRAD-tags were sufficient to recover 12,190 regions at 117-124× in the ddRAD-seq approach (Additional file 2: Table S8). In contrast, 15-16% of 150,000,000 RAD-tags recovered 9,275 regions at 25-26× in the RAD-seq approach. Details of the comparison of the ddRAD-seq and RAD-seq approaches are shown in Additional file 4. Although the read throughput of the Ion PGM is lower than that of GAIIx and Hiseq sequencers, the cost-effective sequencing and the rapid runtime (4.5 hours per run) of this platform facilitates routine analysis. We therefore conducted ddRAD sequencing with a relatively small number of multiplexed samples (~16 samples were pooled in our study). This has the advantage of making the library at low cost, because it needs relatively fewer sequence primers (or adapters) attaching barcode sequences for individual samples. In fact, a maximum of 16 sequence primers were required for ddRAD sequencing for the parents and 92 progeny in our study (Additional file 2: Table S1). Moreover, our libraries were constructed using a unique method of combining the normal ddRAD-seq protocol with an amplicon tagging protocol that is widely used in amplicon sequencing assay (Additional file 1: Figure S1). According to the normal RAD-seq or ddRAD-seq protocols, the barcode sequences for multiplexed samples are directly attached to the sequence adapters. Therefore, if a reanalysis is conducted with a change in restriction enzyme pair to obtain other SNP makers, the sequence adapters need to be redesigned for individual samples. In contrast, our method required only a pair of adapters to be changed without redesigning the sequence primers for individual samples. Thus, this method permit flexible working.
The second-generation genetic map of the Japanese eel and its integration with the assembled sequences
We constructed female and male genetic maps of the Japanese eel using double-digest RAD sequencing. The map has been improved considerably in the present study. While the previous genetic map contained 319 markers , the present map contains 2,672 SNP and 115 SSR markers. In addition, the present map represents a ~2.0-fold increase in map resolution (female: 3.6 cM, male: 4.1 cM) over the previous map (female: 7.2 cM, male: 6.3 cM). The correspondence between the linkage groups of the previous map and those of the present map are shown in Additional file 1: Figure S6. The previous map consisted of 22 linkage groups. In the present map, linkage group 20 (LG20) of the previous map was integrated with LG16. In addition, the linkage between the markers located on previous LG21 was disrupted, and the markers have been mapped on different linkage groups (LG3 and LG11 of the present map). The correspondences among previous LGs (LG13, LG17 and LG22) were unknown because of the absence of SSR markers. Consequently, the present map comprises 19 linkage groups, which corresponds with the karyotypes of the Japanese eel (2n = 38) [46, 47].
The total map lengths were strikingly different between the sexes (the corrected map lengths were 1890.0 cM for female and 1457.0 cM for the male map). Such a sex difference in recombination has been described in various animals , although the molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon remain the subject of debate . Among fishes, an overall lower recombination ratio has been identified in males of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) , zebrafish , and fugu (Takifugu rubripes) . In particular, a strong suppression of recombination has been observed around the centromeres in these fishes. In the Japanese eel, the marker distribution on the male linkage map showed that the apparent recombination deserts were located near the center of the chromosome on 10 linkage groups: LG1, LG2, LG4, LG5, LG7, LG8, LG9, LG12, LG16 and LG19 (Additional file 1: Figure S7A). According to the tendency observed in other fishes, this result suggested that the Japanese eel has at least 10 meta- or submetacentric chromosomes. To confirm this, we performed a cytogenetic observation, as described previously . The result showed that the karyotype of this species consisted of 10 meta- or submetacentric and 9 acrocentric chromosome pairs (Additional file 1: Figure S8). Thus, the recombination reduction around centromeres occurs during male meiosis of the Japanese eel, and it is likely that this phenomenon is widespread among teleosts. In the fugu, the recombination deserts around the centromeres were observed on not only male but also female; however, the suppressed regions on the female map were extremely narrow compared with that on the male map . Although, in the Japanese eel, the recombination on the female map is more uniform than that of the male map, slight reductions of the recombination were observed on LG10 and LG18 (Additional file 1: Figure S7B). In addition, the recombination in these regions was also relatively suppressed on the male map (Additional file 1: Figure S7C). Thus, the markers within the recombination deserts in LG10 and LG18 of the female map may be located very close to the centromeres.
Using markers targeting specific scaffolds, 1,252 scaffolds in the current genome assembly of the Japanese eel were assigned to 19 linkage groups. The high-density genetic map, to which the genomic sequences are assigned, facilitates fine mapping and positional cloning of QTLs controlling important traits for eel aquaculture, such as growth rate, timing of metamorphosis and disease resistance (reviewed in ). The map will also contribute to the identification of candidate genes underlying these QTLs by analyzing synteny between this species and model fishes.
Furthermore, integration of the genetic map and the assembled sequences could improve the genome assembly. For instance, in the fugu genome project, 338 Mb (86%) of the fugu draft sequence were placed onto 22 chromosomes using 1,220 SSR markers, and the current assembly was generated by filling some gaps and by organizing scaffolds into chromosomes based on the genetic map . In present study, 151 Mb (13%) of the eel assembled sequence was assigned to the linkage groups using 2,260 SNP markers and 82 SSR markers. The abundant markers were used for anchoring the scaffolds; however, the total number of anchored sequences was relatively small compared with that of fugu. This is because the current draft genome sequence of the Japanese eel is more fragmented; the N50 length is 53 kb in the Japanese eel assembly  compared with 858 kb in the fugu assembly version 4 (by our calculation). Additionally, we found that some markers assigned to the same scaffolds were mapped on different linkage groups or distant loci within a linkage group (Additional file 1: Figure S4, Additional file 2: Table S6). This inconsistency seemed to be caused by assembly errors in these scaffolds of the current assembly. In our view, more effort to sequence the genome of the Japanese eel is necessary to identify the order of more genomic sequences on the chromosomes based on the highly dense genetic map for this species.
Genome evolution after the TGD
Taken together, given that the medaka genome has preserved the ancestral genomic structures of zebrafish-medaka , our results suggested that one of the eight major chromosomal rearrangements occurred in the ancestral lineage of eel-zebrafish-medaka after the TGD (~348 Mya to 284 Mya), and another fusion occurred after the divergence of the eel lineage and the ancestral lineage of zebrafish-medaka and before the divergence of the zebrafish and medaka lineages (284 Mya to 245 Mya). We were unable to infer the credible scenarios for the other chromosomal rearrangement events because of a lack of eel genomic sequences available for genome-wide comparison with other genomes. Further genome sequencing for eel species will provide opportunities for understanding further details of the genome evolution at the basal level of the teleost lineage and the eel-specific lineage.
We constructed a second-generation linkage map of the Japanese eel using the ddRAD-seq approach with the Ion PGM sequencing platform. The maps for female and male spanned 1748.8 cM and 1294.5 cM, respectively, and were arranged into 19 linkage groups. Of the current genome assembly of the Japanese eel, 1,252 scaffolds covering 151 Mb were assigned to the 19 linkage groups using 2,260 SNP markers and 82 SSR markers. The integration of the linkage map and the assembled sequences represents an important resource for future QTL studies of this species. Comparisons of the genomes between the Japanese eel and model fishes demonstrated highly conserved synteny among teleosts and revealed part of the genome evolution soon after the TGD.
Availability of supporting data
The ddRAD-seq reads generated by the Ion PGM platform have been deposited in the DDBJ Sequence Reads Archive (DRA) [DDBJ:DRA001739 in http://trace.ddbj.nig.ac.jp/DRASearch/].
The whole-genome shotgun reads generated by the Roche 454 GS FLX Titanium platform have been deposited in the DRA [DDBJ:DRA001189 in http://trace.ddbj.nig.ac.jp/DRASearch/].
The primer sequences for the SSR markers have been deposited in the DDBJ [DDBJ: AB500964, AB860330-AB860372 in http://getentry.ddbj.nig.ac.jp/top-j.html].
We thank Aiko Watanabe, Junko Kawaguchi, Miki Nakamura, Tomoko Kobayashi, Miwako Seko, Ikuko Makino, Naomi Yamazaki and Kishiko Kubo for their help with some of the experiments and for maintaining the fish. This work was supported in part by a Grant-in-Aid for “Development of Sustainable Aquaculture Technology Independent of Wild Fishery Resources” from the Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), Government of Japan.
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