Ancient origins of arthropod moulting pathway components

de Oliveira, AndréLuiz, Calcino, Andrew, and Wanninger, Andreas (2019) Ancient origins of arthropod moulting pathway components. eLife, 8. e46113.

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Ecdysis (moulting) is the defining character of Ecdysoza (arthropods, nematodes and related phyla). Despite superficial similarities, the signalling cascade underlying moulting differs between Panarthropoda and the remaining ecdysozoans. Here, we reconstruct the evolution of major components of the ecdysis pathway. Its key elements evolved much earlier than previously thought and are present in non-moulting lophotrochozoans and deuterostomes. Eclosion hormone (EH) and bursicon originated prior to the cnidarian-bilaterian split, whereas ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH) and crustacean cardioactive peptide (CCAP) evolved in the bilaterian last common ancestor (LCA). Identification of EH, CCAP and bursicon in Onychophora and EH, ETH and CCAP in Tardigrada suggests that the pathway was present in the panarthropod LCA. Trunk, an ancient extracellular signalling molecule and a well-established paralog of the insect peptide prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH), is present in the non-bilaterian ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi. This constitutes the first case of a ctenophore signalling peptide with homology to a neuropeptide.

Item ID: 81690
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2050-084X
Keywords: EvoDevo; Mollusca; P. dumerilii; evolutionary biology; genetics; genomics; mollusk; molting
Copyright Information: Copyright de Oliveira et al. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.
Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2024 00:51
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