Data from: Chromosomal inversions and ecotypic differentiation in Anopheles gambiae: the perspective from whole-genome sequencing

Love, R. R. (Creator), Steele, A. (Creator), Coulibaly, M. B. (Creator), Traore, S. F. (Creator), Emrich, S. J. (Creator), Besansky, N. J. (Creator) & Fontaine, M. (Creator), University of Groningen, 17-Oct-2016


  • R. R. Love (Creator)
  • Aaron Steele (Creator)
  • Mamadou B Coulibaly (Creator)
  • Sékou F. Traore (Creator)
  • Scott J Emrich (Creator)
  • Nora J Besansky (Creator)
  • Michael Fontaine (Creator)
  • Univ Notre Dame, University of Notre Dame


The molecular mechanisms and genetic architecture that facilitate adaptive radiation of lineages remain elusive. Polymorphic chromosomal inversions, due to their recombination-reducing effect, are proposed instruments of ecotypic differentiation. Here we study an ecologically diversifying lineage of An. gambiae, known as the Bamako chromosomal form based on its unique complement of three chromosomal inversions, to explore the impact of these inversions on ecotypic differentiation. We used pooled and individual genome sequencing of Bamako, typical (non-Bamako) An. gambiae, and the sister species An. coluzzii to investigate evolutionary relationships and genome-wide patterns of nucleotide diversity and differentiation among lineages. Despite extensive shared polymorphism and limited differentiation from the other taxa, Bamako clusters apart from the other taxa, and forms a maximally supported clade in neighbor-joining trees based on whole genome data (including inversions) or solely on collinear regions. Nevertheless, FST outlier analysis reveals that the majority of differentiated regions between Bamako and typical An. gambiae are located inside chromosomal inversions, consistent with their role in the ecological isolation of Bamako. Exceptionally differentiated genomic regions were enriched for genes implicated in nervous system development and signaling. Candidate genes associated with a selective sweep unique to Bamako contain substitutions not observed in sympatric samples of the other taxa, and several insecticide resistance gene alleles shared between Bamako and other taxa segregate at sharply different frequencies in these samples. Bamako represents a useful window into the initial stages of ecological and genomic differentiation from sympatric populations in this important group of malaria vectors.
Date made available17-Oct-2016
PublisherUniversity of Groningen
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    Keywords on Datasets

  • adaptive radiation, ecological divergence, chromosomal inversions, genome scan, population genomics, selective sweeps, Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles coluzzii
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    Love, R. R., Steele, A., Coulibaly, M. B., Traore, S. F., Emrich, S. J., Besansky, N. J. & Fontaine, M. C., 2016, In : Molecular Ecology. 25, 23, p. 5889-5906 18 p.

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