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Recombination, sex-specific adaptation and evolution of the poeciliid sex chromosomes

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "GuppY" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 6BT
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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙999˙665 €
 EC max contribution 1˙999˙665 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-08-01   to  2021-07-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 1˙999˙665.00


 Project objective

Sex chromosomes have evolved independently countless times throughout the eukaryotes. As such, sex chromosomes represent one of the most pervasive examples of convergent evolution, as analogous yet unrelated sex chromosomes share many unique features that distinguish them from the rest of the genome. Although models for sex chromosome evolution have been proposed, they have been difficult to empirically test, largely because most model systems are at a terminal phase of sex chromosome divergence, and the majority of studies have therefore focused on the consequences of sex chromosome evolution. In order to understand the forces catalyzing sex chromosome evolution, we require a study system at earlier stages of sex chromosome divergence, ideally one where there is still extensive polymorphism among populations and closely related species in the degree and region of recombination suppression, and with easily identified sexually antagonistic traits. These traits are all exhibited by the Poeciliid fishes, the focus of GuppY, which is designed to test long-standing theories about sex chromosome evolution. The overarching goals of the project are to: 1) identify the mechanisms, catalysts and consequences of recombination suppression between the sex chromosomes, and 2) to quantify the role of sex-specific selection and sexual conflict in sex chromosome evolution and subsequent divergence. These goals will be accomplished through the synthesis of phenotypic, experimental and next-generation molecular genetic approaches in order to provide a cohesive and multi-faceted understanding of sex chromosome evolution. Moreover, these goals will be performed across three evolutionary levels, integrating patterns of variation within populations, among populations, and across related species, permitting insights encompassing short, medium and long time-spans and yielding unprecedented insight into multiple stages of evolutionary history.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Judith E. Mank
The transcriptional architecture of phenotypic dimorphism
published pages: 6, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-016-0006
Nature Ecology & Evolution 1/1 2019-05-10
2018 Jake Morris, Iulia Darolti, Natasha Bloch, Alison Wright, Judith Mank
Shared and Species-Specific Patterns of Nascent Y Chromosome Evolution in Two Guppy Species
published pages: 238, ISSN: 2073-4425, DOI: 10.3390/genes9050238
Genes 9/5 2019-05-10
2017 Alberto Corral-López, Natasha I. Bloch, Alexander Kotrschal, Wouter van der Bijl, Severine D. Buechel, Judith E. Mank, Niclas Kolm
Female brain size affects the assessment of male attractiveness during mate choice
published pages: e1601990, ISSN: 2375-2548, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1601990
Science Advances 3/3 2019-05-10
2018 Matthew W. Pennell, Judith E. Mank, Catherine L. Peichel
Transitions in sex determination and sex chromosomes across vertebrate species
published pages: 3950-3963, ISSN: 0962-1083, DOI: 10.1111/mec.14540
Molecular Ecology 27/19 2019-05-10
2017 Alison E. Wright, Iulia Darolti, Natasha I. Bloch, Vicencio Oostra, Ben Sandkam, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Felix Breden, Beatriz Vicoso, Judith E. Mank
Convergent recombination suppression suggests role of sexual selection in guppy sex chromosome formation
published pages: 14251, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14251
Nature Communications 8 2019-05-10
2017 Pascal Pucholt, Alison E. Wright, Lei Liu Conze, Judith E. Mank, Sofia Berlin
Recent Sex Chromosome Divergence despite Ancient Dioecy in the Willow Salix viminalis
published pages: 1991-2001, ISSN: 0737-4038, DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msx144
Molecular Biology and Evolution 34/8 2019-05-10
2017 R Utsunomia, P C Scacchetti, M Hermida, R Fernández-Cebrián, X Taboada, C Fernández, M Bekaert, N J Mendes, D Robledo, J E Mank, J B Taggart, C Oliveira, F Foresti, P Martínez
Evolution and conservation of Characidium sex chromosomes
published pages: 237-244, ISSN: 0018-067X, DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2017.43
Heredity 119/4 2019-05-10
2017 Judith E. Mank
Population genetics of sexual conflict in the genomic era
published pages: 721-730, ISSN: 1471-0056, DOI: 10.1038/nrg.2017.83
Nature Reviews Genetics 18/12 2019-05-10
2018 Natasha I. Bloch, Alberto Corral-López, Séverine D. Buechel, Alexander Kotrschal, Niclas Kolm, Judith E. Mank
Early neurogenomic response associated with variation in guppy female mate preference
published pages: 1772-1781, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0682-4
Nature Ecology & Evolution 2/11 2019-05-10
2018 Alison E. Wright, Matteo Fumagalli, Christopher R. Cooney, Natasha I. Bloch, Filipe G. Vieira, Severine D. Buechel, Niclas Kolm, Judith E. Mank
Male-biased gene expression resolves sexual conflict through the evolution of sex-specific genetic architecture
published pages: 52-61, ISSN: 2056-3744, DOI: 10.1002/evl3.39
Evolution Letters 2/2 2019-05-10
2016 Alison E. Wright, Rebecca Dean, Fabian Zimmer, Judith E. Mank
How to make a sex chromosome
published pages: 12087, ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms12087
Nature Communications 7 2019-06-19
2016 Stephen H. Montgomery, Judith E. Mank
Inferring regulatory change from gene expression: the confounding effects of tissue scaling
published pages: , ISSN: 0962-1083, DOI: 10.1111/mec.13824
Molecular Ecology 2019-06-19

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