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Ancestral Genome Reconstruction on Whole Genome Level

[ Vol. 18 , Issue. 4 ]

Author(s):

Bing Feng, Lingxi Zhou and Jijun Tang   Pages 306 - 315 ( 10 )

Abstract:


Comparative genomics, evolutionary biology, and cancer researches require tools to elucidate the evolutionary trajectories and reconstruct the ancestral genomes. Various methods have been developed to infer the genome content and gene ordering of ancestral genomes by using such genomic structural variants. There are mainly two kinds of computational approaches in the ancestral genome reconstruction study. Distance/event-based approaches employ genome evolutionary models and reconstruct the ancestral genomes that minimize the total distance or events over the edges of the given phylogeny. The homology/adjacency-based approaches search for the conserved gene adjacencies and genome structures, and assemble these regions into ancestral genomes along the internal node of the given phylogeny. We review the principles and algorithms of these approaches that can reconstruct the ancestral genomes on the whole genome level. We talk about their advantages and limitations of these approaches in dealing with various genome datasets, evolutionary events, and reconstruction problems. We also talk about the improvements and developments of these approaches in the subsequent researches. We select four most famous and powerful approaches from both distance/eventbased and homology/adjacency-based categories to analyze and compare their performances in dealing with different kinds of datasets and evolutionary events. Based on our experiment, GASTS has the best performance in solving the problems with equal genome contents that only have genome rearrangement events. PMAG++ achieves the best performance in solving the problems with unequal genome contents that have all possible complicated evolutionary events.

Keywords:

Ancestral reconstruction, Whole genome data, Gene order, Gene adjacency, Genome level, SCJ.

Affiliation:

School of Computer Science and Technology, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300350, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208

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