Computational protocol: Draft Genome Sequence of Lachancea lanzarotensis CBS 12615T, an Ascomycetous Yeast Isolated from Grapes

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[…] Lachancea lanzarotensis is a newly described species isolated from grapes and wine fermentation during a study of yeast communities in vineyards and wineries in the Canary Islands (). This species, naturally present in grape must, contributes to spontaneous alcoholic fermentation during the early phases of wine fermentation, before Saccharomyces cerevisiae becomes dominant and completes the process. Knowledge of its gene repertoire, especially concerning enzymes involved in fermentation process, will provide clues to understand the wine microbial ecosystem and its functioning, as well as enhance aroma and wine quality.The CBS 12615T genome was sequenced using Illumina-Solexa technology, from a 500-bp library, on paired-end reads. An ~70-fold coverage was generated. Reads were assembled using SOAPdenovo2 v2.04 () with a k-mer size of 75, as recommended by KmerGenie v1.6741 (). Gaps were filled in using GapCloser v1.12 (). The rDNA unit was assembled through iterative runs of Newbler v2.7 ( and manually integrated between two scaffolds harboring a partial rDNA unit at one of their extremities. The MAT locus was localized by synteny with that of Lachancea thermotolerans () and represented as a stretch of five “N” in scaffold 11. Based on the reference genomes of the closely related species L. thermotolerans and Lachancea kluyveri (), putative protein-coding genes were annotated using the Amadea annotation transfer tool (Isoft, France). Transposable elements were identified by BLAST with known Ty1, Ty3, and hAT sequences from the Lachancea clade as queries (, ). tRNA genes were identified using tRNAscan-SE v1.3.1 (). Additionally, snRNAs were identified by sequence homology with L. thermotolerans () snRNA sequences. Centromeres were localized by searching for characteristic motifs in syntenic regions of L. thermotolerans centromeres () using MEME v4.9.1 ().The current draft comprises 24 scaffolds interrupted by 52 gaps, for a total size of 11,461,889 bp and a G+C content of around 44.3%. A total of 5,058 putative protein-coding genes have been identified, 321 of which harbor spliceosomal introns within the coding sequences. A total of 59 additional genes have been annotated as dubious models or pseudogenes, with frameshifts, stops in translation, or dubious starts or stops. The genome contains 182 tRNAs. Whenever possible, functional annotation was transferred from S. cerevisiae or refseq protein sequences, or experimentally validated proteins from other Lachancea species. During this process, 3,863 proteins showed at least 50% sequence similarity with S. cerevisiae. Finally, only 48 putative proteins have no known homologs. Class I and class II transposable elements were detected: LTR-retrotransposons with five Ty3-like and two Ty1-like degenerate copies, as well as 25 copies of hAT elements including one putative autonomous copy. Only seven centromeres have been identified, suggesting that L. lanzarotensis has one less chromosome than L. thermotolerans and L. kluyveri. Dot-plot comparison showed that no large DNA deletion occurred, which is compatible with the fact that CBS 12615 has undergone a chromosomal fusion.Further comparison of the genome of CBS 12615 against other Lachancea species will provide additional insights concerning structural genome evolution and its functional impact. […]

Pipeline specifications

Software tools SOAPdenovo, KmerGenie, Newbler, tRNAscan-SE
Application Genome annotation
Organisms Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lachancea thermotolerans, Lachancea kluyveri