Data from: The Oxytricha trifallax macronuclear genome: a complex eukaryotic genome with 16,000 tiny chromosomes

Estienne C. Swart, John R. Bracht, Vincent Magrini, Patrick Minx, Xiao Chen, Yi Zhou, Jaspreet S. Khurana, Aaron D. Goldman, Mariusz Nowacki, Klaas Schotanus, Seolkyoung Jung, Robert S. Fulton, Amy Ly, Sean McGrath, Kevin Haub, Jessica L. Wiggins, Donna Storton, John C. Matese, Lance Parsons, Wei-Jen Chang, Michael S. Bowen, Nicholas A. Stover, Thomas A. Jones, Sean R. Eddy, Thomas G. Doak … & Laura F. Landweber
The macronuclear genome of the ciliate Oxytricha trifallax displays an extreme and unique eukaryotic genome architecture with extensive genomic variation. During sexual genome development, the expressed, somatic macronuclear genome is whittled down to the genic portion of a small fraction (~5%) of its precursor “silent” germline micronuclear genome by a process of “unscrambling” and fragmentation. The tiny macronuclear “nanochromosomes” typically encode single, protein-coding genes (a small portion, 10%, encode 2–8 genes), have minimal noncoding regions,...
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