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NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon A an Infraspecies?
Fugu rubripes; Sphaeroides rubripes; Tetraodon rubripes; torafugu; tiger puffer; Takifugu rubripes (Temminck & Schlegel, 1850)
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NCBI Taxonomy ID
is Taxon B an Infraspecies?
Generic Gene Name
HYPP; SkM1; CMS16; HYKPP; NAC1A; HOKPP2; Nav1.4; Na(V)1.4
Belongs to the sodium channel (TC 1.A.1.10) family. Nav1.4/SCN4A subfamily.
GO - Molecular Function
GO:0005244 : voltage-gated ion channel activity ... show more
GO - Biological Process
GO:0006814 : sodium ion transport ... show more
GO - Cellular Component
GO:0005886 : plasma membrane ... show more
SNP Coding Change
Molecular Details of the Mutation
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Jost MC; Hillis DM; Lu Y; Kyle JW; Fozzard HA; Zakon HH
Approximately 75% of vertebrate proteins belong to protein families encoded by multiple evolutionarily related genes, a pattern that emerged as a result of gene and genome duplications over the course of vertebrate evolution. In families of genes with similar or related functions, adaptation to a strong selective agent should involve multiple adaptive changes across the entire gene family. However, we know of no evolutionary studies that have explicitly addressed this point. Here, we show how 4 taxonomically diverse species of pufferfishes (Tetraodontidae) each evolved resistance to the guanidinium toxins tetrodotoxin (TTX) and saxitoxin (STX) via parallel amino acid replacements across all 8 sodium channels present in teleost fish genomes. This resulted in diverse suites of coexisting sodium channel types that all confer varying degrees of toxin resistance, yet show remarkable convergence among genes and phylogenetically diverse species. Using site-directed mutagenesis and expression of a vertebrate sodium channel, we also demonstrate that resistance to TTX/STX is enhanced up to 15-fold by single, frequently observed replacements at 2 sites that have not previously been implicated in toxin binding but show similar or identical replacements in pufferfishes and in distantly related vertebrate and nonvertebrate animals. This study presents an example of natural selection acting upon a complete gene family, repeatedly arriving at a diverse but limited number of adaptive changes within the same genome. To be maximally informative, we suggest that future studies of molecular adaptation should consider all functionally similar paralogs of the affected gene family.
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