Title

The Sialotranscriptome of the Gopher-Tortoise Tick, Amblyomma tuberculatum

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Department

Biological Sciences

School

Biological, Environmental, and Earth Sciences

Abstract

© 2020 Elsevier GmbH. The gopher tortoise tick, Amblyomma tuberculatum, is known to parasitize keystone ectotherm reptile species. The biological success of ticks requires precise mechanisms to evade host hemostatic and immune responses. Acquisition of a full blood meal requires attachment, establishment of the blood pool, and engorgement of the tick. Tick saliva contains molecules which counter the host responses to allow uninterrupted feeding on the host. RNASeq of the salivary glands of Amblyomma tuberculatum ticks were sequenced resulting in 138,030 pyrosequencing reads which were assembled into 29,991 contigs. A total of 1875 coding sequences were deduced from the transcriptome assembly, including 602 putative secretory and 982 putative housekeeping proteins. The annotated data sets are available as a hyperlinked spreadsheet. The sialotranscriptome assembled for this tick species made available a valuable resource for mining novel pharmacological activities and comparative analysis.

Publication Title

Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Volume

12

Issue

1

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