Immunome database for marsupials and monotremes
Emily SW Wong, Anthony T Papenfuss, Katherine Belov
BMC Immunology | BMC | Published : 2011
BACKGROUND: To understand the evolutionary origins of our own immune system, we need to characterise the immune system of our distant relatives, the marsupials and monotremes. The recent sequencing of the genomes of two marsupials (opossum and tammar wallaby) and a monotreme (platypus) provides an opportunity to characterise the immune gene repertoires of these model organisms. This was required as many genes involved in immunity evolve rapidly and fail to be detected by automated gene annotation pipelines. DESCRIPTION: We have developed a database of immune genes from the tammar wallaby, red-necked wallaby, northern brown bandicoot, brush-tail possum, opossum, echidna and platypus. The reso..View full abstract
We thank Dao Mai, Lee Render, Dr Matthew Hobbs and Mette Lille for technical advice and suggestions for improving the database. EW was supported by an ARC Kangaroo Genomics and Jean Walker postgraduate scholarship.