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Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line assembly

The Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line assembly (canu_80X_arrow2.2) data are available from the ftp site

Microarray mapping updates

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ncRNA predictions for Rhodnius prolixus

The ncRNA pipeline has been used to predict RNA genes from the Rhodnius prolixus CDC assembly RproC1. This generated 1815 predictions which have been included in the RproC1.2 geneset.


New differential expression data available (in the Expression Browser)

Differential RNA-seq expression data added from four publications. There is now differential expression data available for ten species.
  • Response to salinity stress gradients in An. merus (Uyhelji et al., 2016) Anopheles merus RNA-seq experiment
  • Response to salinity stress gradients in An. coluzzii (Uyhelji et al., 2016) Anopheles coluzzii RNA-seq experiment
  • Response to salinity stress in An. merus (Uyhelji et al., 2016) Anopheles merus RNA-seq experiment
  • Response to salinity stress in An. coluzzii (Uyhelji et al., 2016) Anopheles coluzzii RNA-seq experiment
  • Dengue virus infection, carcass (Tsujimoto et al., 2017) Aedes albopictus RNA-seq experiment
  • Pyrethroid resistant strains (Faucon et al., 2017) Aedes aegypti RNA-seq experiment
  • Resistance to Bti Cry toxins (Stalinski et al., 2016) Aedes aegypti RNA-seq experiment
  • This release we are not updating the Expression Maps for Anopheles gambiae and Aedes aegypti. We are reducing the update frequency to approximately twice a year until further notice. If there is a major gene set update or addition of new expression data, we will make additional updates. The maps should still be perfectly usable even if a few months out of date.

    New population biology datasets added

    Fourteen new population biology datasets added, including sample metadata from the MalariaGen 1000 Anopheles gambiae genomes project, insecticide resistance studies and several large new blood meal species identification studies.

    New population biology datasets available (in PopBio)

    Ten new population biology datasets are available:
    • Susceptibility profile and metabolic mechanisms involved in Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus resistant to DDT and deltamethrin in the Central African Republic (VBP0000178: details, map, 24 collections, 26 samples, 69 phenotypes, 5 genotypes)
    • Blood-feeding patterns of native mosquitoes and insights into their potential role as pathogen vectors in the Thames estuary region of the United Kingdom (VBP0000179: details, 2141 collections, 2141 samples, 1341 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    • Evidence of a multiple insecticide resistance in the malaria vector Anopheles funestus in South West Nigeria (VBP0000180: details, map, 1 collections, 55 samples, 49 phenotypes, 15 genotypes)
    • Combined target site (kdr) mutations play a primary role in highly pyrethroid resistant phenotypes of Aedes aegypti from Saudi Arabia (VBP0000181: details, map, 34 collections, 34 samples, 32 phenotypes, 45 genotypes)
    • Overhead tank is the potential breeding habitat of Anopheles stephensi in an urban transmission setting of Chennai, India (VBP0000182: details, map, 827 collections, 6306 samples, 0 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    • Presence of susceptible wild strains of Anopheles gambiae in a large industrial palm farm located in Aboisso, South-Eastern of Côte d’Ivoire (VBP0000183: details, map, 3 collections, 3 samples, 6 phenotypes, 4 genotypes)
    • Insecticide resistance patterns in Uganda and the effect of indoor residual spraying with bendiocarb on kdr L1014S frequencies in Anopheles gambiae s.s. (VBP0000184: details, map, 34 collections, 34 samples, 29 phenotypes, 18 genotypes)
    • Novel mutations on the ace-1 gene of the malaria vector Anopheles albimanus provide evidence for balancing selection in an area of high insecticide resistance in Peru (VBP0000185: details, map, 3 collections, 3 samples, 0 phenotypes, 12 genotypes)
    • Insecticide resistance in malaria vector mosquitoes in a gold mining town in Ghana and implications for malaria control (VBP0000186: details, map, 9 collections, 9 samples, 18 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    • Genome analysis of a major urban malaria vector mosquito, Anopheles stephensi (VBP0000187: details, 0 collections, 1 samples, 0 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    3 projects have been updated (usually to fix minor data inconsistencies):
    • Investigation of genetic diversity and phylogeography of wild tick populations in North America. (VBP0000120: details, map, 72 collections, 82 samples, 0 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    • Insecticide susceptibility and vector status of natural populations of Anopheles arabiensis from Sudan (VBP0000154: details, map, 13 collections, 13 samples, 52 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)
    • Vectorial status and insecticide resistance of Anopheles funestus from a sugar estate in southern Mozambique (VBP0000146: details, map, 1 collections, 5 samples, 7 phenotypes, 0 genotypes)

    Release VB-2017-06

    We are pleased to announce the June 2017 release of VectorBase (VB-2017-06):
    • Differential RNA-seq expression data added from four publications, including a study comparing Anopheles merus and An. coluzzii transcriptional responses to salinity. There is now differential expression data available for ten species.
    • Ten new population biology datasets are available, including larval habitat monitoring for Culex, Anopheles and Aedes in Chennai, India
    • In this release there were updates to the gene sets for 12 species based on community annotation, and a minor gene set update for Anopheles gambiae. The full list of species with updated gene sets in this release is Anopheles atroparvus, Anopheles christyi, Anopheles epiroticus, Anopheles gambiae, Anopheles sinensis, Glossina austeni, Glossina brevipalpis, Glossina fuscipes, Glossina morsitans, Glossina pallidipes, Glossina palpalis, Lutzomyia longipalpis and Phlebotomus papatasi.
    • Protein alignments for all species with updated gene models in this release have been regenerated. These are all-vs-all alignments between the species, which can be viewed as a track in the Genome Browser and Apollo.
    • The VectorBase REST API allowing programmatic access to data is now available for public use
    • A new beta release application - Genotype Explorer - is now available for people to try out. This application can act as a multi species viewer for genetic variation, and allows VCF file export of selected genomic regions and viewing of variants in the context of protein domains and orthologous genes. This application can be used in conjunction with the existing Sample Explorer tool for a subset of VectorBase species which will be expanded in future release releases.
    • The names for the Ixodes scapularis samples from Massachusetts (8 samples) and Wisconsin (12 samples) have been corrected to reflect the values in the BioSample database.
    • Protein domains for annotated transcriptomes have been updated to InterPro version 63.
    • In this release we have standardised on the Ensembl mart view display formats. This has resulted in some minor alterations to the mart interfaces which should not affect any functionality. If any problems are encountered please contact us.
    • We have also improved our Export Results and Export Sequences functionality. Now logged in users will be able to download an unlimited number of search results and sequences. Export Results and Export Sequences will now send the download to a background job and it will be available in the user's profile page under the Export category.
    • We have improved the functionality offered by Search. In order to not restrict our users in what they can search, we have added File Search to our search interface. To use it, click the Switch Search Type text and it will allow you to upload a file with search terms up to 5 KB in size.
    • There are tutorials and practice exercises (with answer key) for the recently launched Sample Explorer and for the new Genotype Explorer. The Apollo and Genome Browser tutorials have also been updated.
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