Genomic organization and evolution of olfactory receptors and trace amine-associated receptors in channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

Sen Gao, Shikai Liu, Jun Yao, Ning Li, Zihao Yuan, Tao Zhou, Qi Li, Zhanjiang Liu

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Background Channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) live in turbid waters with limited visibility to chase prey within a certain distance. This can be compensated through detecting specific water-soluble substances by the olfactory receptors (ORs) and trace amine associated receptors (TAARs) expressed on the olfactory epithelium. Methods We identified the OR and TAAR repertoires in channel catfish, and characterized the genomic organizations of these two gene families by data mining available genomic resources. Results A total of 47 putative OR genes and 36 putative TAAR genes were identified in the channel catfish genome, including 27 functional OR genes and 28 functional TAAR genes. Phylogenetic and orthogroup analyses were conducted to illustrate the evolutionary dynamics of the vertebrate ORs and TAARs. Collinear analysis revealed the presence of two conserved orthologous blocks that contain OR genes between the catfish genome and zebrafish genome. The complete loss of a conserved motif in fish OR family H may contribute to the divergence of family H from other families. The dN/dS analysis indicated that the highest degree of selection pressure was imposed on TAAR subfamily 14 among all fish ORs and TAARs. Conclusions The present study provides understanding of the evolutionary dynamics of the two gene families (OR and TAAR) associated with olfaction in channel catfish. General significance This is the first systematic study of ORs and TAARs in catfish, which could provide valuable genomic resources for further investigation of olfactory mechanisms in teleost fish.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-651
Number of pages8
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - General Subjects
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Fish
  • Olfaction
  • Olfactory receptor
  • Trace amine-associated receptor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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