General and Systematic Zoology
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Inference of DNA methylation patterns in mollusks
Männer, L., Schell, T., Provataris, P., Haase, M., Greve, C. (2021, in press)
Mollusca are the second largest and arguably most diverse phylum of the animal kingdom. This is in sharp contrast to our very limited knowledge concerning epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation in this invertebrate group. Here we inferred DNA methylation patterns by analyzing the normalized dinucleotide CG content in protein coding sequences and identified DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and 3) in published transcriptomes and genomes of 140 species across all eight classes of mollusks. Given the evolutionary age and morphological diversity of mollusks we expected to find evidence for diverse methylation patterns. ...
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