Loss of protein interactions and regulatory divergence in yeast whole-genome duplicates

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Whole-genome duplications are important for the growth of genome complexity. We investigated various factors involved in the evolution of yeast whole-genome duplicates (ohnologs) making emphasis on the analysis of protein interactions. We found that ohnologs have a lower number of protein interactions compared with small-scale duplicates and singletons (by about - 40%). The loss of interactions was proportional to their initial number and independent of ohnolog position in the protein interaction network. A faster evolving member of an ohnolog pair has a lower number of interactions compared to its counterpart. The Gene Ontology mapping of non-overlapping and overlapping interactants of paired ohnologs reveals a sharp asymmetry in GO terms related to regulation. The fraction of these terms is much higher in non-overlapping interactants (compared to overlapping interactants and total dataset). Network clustering coefficient is lower in ohnologs, yet they show an increased density of protein interactions restricted within the whole ohnologs set. These facts suggest that subfunctionalization (or subneofunctionalization) reflected in the loss of protein interactions was a prevailing process in the divergence of ohnologs, which distinguishes them from small-scale duplicates. The loss of protein interactions was associated with the regulatory divergence between the members of an ohnolog pair. A small-scale modularity (reflected in clustering coefficient) probably was not important for ohnologs retention, yet a larger-scale modularity could be involved in their evolution. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.




Vinogradov, A. E., & Anatskaya, O. V. (2009). Loss of protein interactions and regulatory divergence in yeast whole-genome duplicates. Genomics, 93(6), 534–542. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygeno.2009.02.004

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