A de novo reference transcriptome for Bolitoglossa vallecula, an Andean mountain salamander in Colombia

Claudia M. Arenas Gómez, M. Ryan Woodcock, Jeramiah J. Smith, S. Randal Voss, Jean Paul Delgado

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The amphibian order Caudata, contains several important model species for biological research. However, there is need to generate transcriptome data from representative species of the primary salamander families. Here we describe a de novo reference transcriptome for a terrestrial salamander, Bolitoglossa vallecula (Caudata: Plethodontidae). We employed paired-end (PE) illumina RNA sequencing to assemble a de novo reference transcriptome for B. vallecula. Assembled transcripts were compared against sequences from other vertebrate taxa to identify orthologous genes, and compared to the transcriptome of a close plethodontid relative (Bolitoglossa ramosi) to identify commonly expressed genes in the skin. This dataset should be useful to future comparative studies aimed at understanding important biological process, such as immunity, wound healing, and the production of antimicrobial compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105256
JournalData in Brief
StatePublished - Apr 2020

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Funding Information:
This work was funded by a research grant from COLCIENCIAS 569 (GRANT 027-2103 ) and CODI (Programa Sostenibilidad) 2013–2014 of the University of Antioquia . A PhD fellowship to the first author, Claudia Arenas was funded by the COLCIENCIAS 567 Grant. We thank the lab of Juan Fernando Alzate from the University of Antioquia for their help in developing our bioinformatic methodological approach. We thank Andrea Gómez and Melisa Hincapie for their help in animal collection and husbandry.

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  • Bolitoglossa
  • Plethodontid
  • Salamanders
  • Skin
  • Transcriptomics

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