Deep sequencing of the Mexican avocado transcriptome, an ancient angiosperm with a high content of fatty acids

Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Alfonso Méndez-Bravo, Claudia Anahí Pérez-Torres, Victor A. Albert, Keithanne Mockaitis, Aruna Kilaru, Rodolfo López-Gómez, Jacob Israel Cervantes-Luevano, Luis Herrera-Estrella

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Background: Avocado (Persea americana) is an economically important tropical fruit considered to be a good source of fatty acids. Despite its importance, the molecular and cellular characterization of biochemical and developmental processes in avocado is limited due to the lack of transcriptome and genomic information. Results: The transcriptomes of seeds, roots, stems, leaves, aerial buds and flowers were determined using different sequencing platforms. Additionally, the transcriptomes of three different stages of fruit ripening (pre-climacteric, climacteric and post-climacteric) were also analyzed. The analysis of the RNAseqatlas presented here reveals strong differences in gene expression patterns between different organs, especially between root and flower, but also reveals similarities among the gene expression patterns in other organs, such as stem, leaves and aerial buds (vegetative organs) or seed and fruit (storage organs). Important regulators, functional categories, and differentially expressed genes involved in avocado fruit ripening were identified. Additionally, to demonstrate the utility of the avocado gene expression atlas, we investigated the expression patterns of genes implicated in fatty acid metabolism and fruit ripening. Conclusions: A description of transcriptomic changes occurring during fruit ripening was obtained in Mexican avocado, contributing to a dynamic view of the expression patterns of genes involved in fatty acid biosynthesis and the fruit ripening process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number599
JournalBMC genomics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 13 2015


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