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Relating quantitative variation within a behavior to variation in transcription

Kyle M. Benowitz, Elizabeth C. McKinney, Christopher B. Cunningham, Allen J. Moore, Chris Cunningham Orcid Logo

Evolution, Volume: 71, Issue: 8, Pages: 1999 - 2009

Swansea University Author: Chris Cunningham Orcid Logo

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DOI (Published version): 10.1111/evo.13273

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Many studies have shown that variation in transcription is associated with changes in behavioral state, or with variation within a state, but little has been done to address if the same genes are involved in both. Here we investigate the transcriptional basis of variation in parental provisioning us...

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Published in: Evolution
ISSN: 00143820
Published: 2017
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa37746
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Abstract: Many studies have shown that variation in transcription is associated with changes in behavioral state, or with variation within a state, but little has been done to address if the same genes are involved in both. Here we investigate the transcriptional basis of variation in parental provisioning using two species of burying beetle, Nicrophorus orbicollis and Nicrophorus vespilloides. We used RNA-seq to compare transcription in parents that provided high amounts of provisioning behavior versus low amounts in males and females of each species. We found no overarching transcriptional patterns distinguishing high from low caring parents, and no informative transcripts that displayed particularly large expression differences in either sex. However, we did find subtler gene expression differences between high and low provisioning parents that are consistent across both sexes and species. Furthermore, we show that transcripts previously implicated in transitioning into parental care in N. vespilloides had high variance in the levels of transcription and were unusually likely to display differential expression between high and low provisioning parents. Thus, quantitative behavioral variation appears to reflect many transcriptional differences of small effect. Furthermore, the same transcripts required for the transition between behavioral states are also related to variation within a behavioral state.
Keywords: burying beetle, gene set enrichment analysis, Nicrophorus, parental care, quantitative trait transcripts, RNA-seq
College: College of Science
Issue: 8
Start Page: 1999
End Page: 2009