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title Characterization of MHC class I in a long distance migratory wader, the Icelandic black-tailed godwit
authors Pardal, S; Drews, A; Alves, JA; Ramos, JA; Westerdahl, H
author full name Pardal, Sara; Drews, Anna; Alves, Jose A.; Ramos, Jaime A.; Westerdahl, Helena
title Characterization of MHC class I in a long distance migratory wader, the Icelandic black-tailed godwit
nationality internacional
language English
document type Article
author keywords Major histocompatibility complex; MHC class I; Limosa limosa islandica; Charadriiformes
abstract The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) encodes proteins that are central for antigen presentation and pathogen elimination. MHC class I (MHC-I) genes have attracted a great deal of interest among researchers in ecology and evolution and have been partly characterized in a wide range of bird species. So far, the main focus has been on species within the bird orders Galliformes and Passeriformes, while Charadriiformes remain vastly underrepresented with only two species studied to date. These two Charadriiformes species exhibit striking differences in MHC-I characteristics and MHC-I diversity. We therefore set out to study a third species within Charadriiformes, the Icelandic subspecies of black-tailed godwits (Limosa limosa islandica). This subspecies is normally confined to parasite-poor environments, and we hence expected low MHC diversity. MHC-I was partially characterized first using Sanger sequencing and then using high-throughput sequencing (MiSeq) in 84 individuals. We verified 47 nucleotide alleles in open reading frame with classical MHC-I characteristics, and each individual godwit had two to seven putatively classical MHC alleles. However, in contrast to previous MHC-I data within Charadriiformes, we did not find any evidence of alleles with low sequence diversity, believed to represent non-classical MHC genes. The diversity and divergence of the godwits MHC-I genes to a large extent fell between the previous estimates within Charadriiformes. However, the MHC genes of the migratory godwits had few sites subject to positive selection, and one possible explanation could be a low exposure to pathogens.
author address [Pardal, Sara; Ramos, Jaime A.] Univ Coimbra, Dept Life Sci, MARE Marine & Environm Sci Ctr, P-3000456 Coimbra, Portugal; [Drews, Anna; Westerdahl, Helena] Lund Univ, MEEL, Ecol Bldg, SE-22362 Lund, Sweden; [Alves, Jose A.] Univ Aveiro, CESAM Ctr Environm & Marine Studies, Dept Biol, Campus Univ Santiago, P-3810193 Aveiro, Portugal; [Alves, Jose A.] Univ Iceland, South Iceland Res Ctr, IS-800 Fjolheimer, Selfoss, Iceland
reprint address Pardal, S (reprint author), Univ Coimbra, Dept Life Sci, MARE Marine & Environm Sci Ctr, P-3000456 Coimbra, Portugal.; Drews, A (reprint author), Lund Univ, MEEL, Ecol Bldg, SE-22362 Lund, Sweden.
e-mail address saralpardal@hotmail.com; anna.drews@biol.lu.se
funding agency and grant number Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT) [SFRH/BD/84629/2012]; FCT [SFRH/BPD/91527/2012]; RANNIS - Icelandic Research Council [130412-051]; Swedish Research Council [621-2011-3674, 2015-05149]; [UID/MAR/04292/2013]
funding text We thank and acknowledge the cooperation of T. Gunnarsson for his help on the fieldwork logistics in Iceland. We thank J. Jonsson, M. Strandh, and B. Canback for their valuable discussions and laboratory help and also E. O'Connor for her reading and commenting on the previous versions of this manuscript. Financial support to SP was provided by PhD grant SFRH/BD/84629/2012 from Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT); to JAA by FCT grant SFRH/BPD/91527/2012. This study benefited from funding by RANNIS - Icelandic Research Council (130412-051), the strategic project (UID/MAR/04292/2013) granted to MARE and H. Westerdahl financed through Swedish Research Council (621-2011-3674 and 2015-05149) and provided the laboratory facilities for molecular analysis.
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publisher SPRINGER
publisher city NEW YORK
publisher address 233 SPRING ST, NEW YORK, NY 10013 USA
issn 0093-7711
29-character source abbreviation IMMUNOGENETICS
iso source abbreviation Immunogenetics
publication date JUL
year published 2017
volume 69
issue 7
beginning page 463
ending page 478
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1007/s00251-017-0993-7
page count 16
web of science category Genetics & Heredity; Immunology
subject category Genetics & Heredity; Immunology
document delivery number EX9OC
unique article identifier WOS:000403586400006
link http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00251-017-0993-7
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