Publications

Genomic features of asexual animals

Published in bioRxiv, 2018

Are there any universal consequences of asexuality in animals? We have collected genomes of 24 asexual animals and found that indeed there is not any really universal.

Recommended citation: Jaron, K. S., Bast, J., Ranallo-Benavidez, T. R., Robinson-Rechavi, M., & Schwander, T., 2018. "Genomic features of asexual animals." bioRxiv, 497495. https://doi.org/10.1101/497495

Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects

Published in Molecular biology and evolution, 2018

Taken from the abstract: We find strong evidence for higher rates of deleterious mutation accumulation, lower levels of segregating polymorphisms and arrested GC-biased gene conversion in asexuals as compared with sexuals. Taken together, our study conclusively shows that predicted consequences of genome evolution under asexuality can indeed be found in natural populations.

Recommended citation: Bast, J., Parker, D.J., Dumas, Z., Jalvingh, K.M., Tran Van, P., Jaron, K.S., Figuet, E., Brandt, A., Galtier, N. and Schwander, T., 2018. "Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects." Molecular biology and evolution, 35(7), pp.1668-1677. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msy058

Sequence-dependent separation of trinucleotides by ion-interaction reversed-phase liquid chromatography—A structure-retention study assisted by soft-modelling and molecular dynamics

Published in Journal of Chromatography A, 2016

We showed nearly-deterministic relation of retention times of trinucleotides with their nucleotide composition. We modeled properties of trinucleotide molecules that actually explained most of the variability of the original model. I was invited to this study to construct models.

Recommended citation: Mikulášek, K., Jaroň, K. S., Kulhánek, P., Bittová, M., & Havliš, J., 2016. "Sequence-dependent separation of trinucleotides by ion-interaction reversed-phase liquid chromatography—A structure-retention study assisted by soft-modelling and molecular dynamics." Journal of Chromatography A, (1469), 88-95. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.chroma.2016.09.060

White-nose syndrome without borders: Pseudogymnoascus destructans infection tolerated in Europe and Palearctic Asia but not in North America

Published in Scientific Reports, 2016

We have reported White-nose syndrome in Asia and quantified fungal loads of bat wings using qPCR. Surprisingly loads we observed were higher than loads detected in American bats that have way way worse response to the infection.

Recommended citation: Zukal, J., Bandouchova, H., Brichta, J., Cmokova, A., Jaron, K.S., Kolarik, M., Kovacova, V., Kubátová, A., Nováková, A., Orlov, O. and Pikula, J., 2016. "White-nose syndrome without borders: Pseudogymnoascus destructans infection tolerated in Europe and Palearctic Asia but not in North America." Scientific reports, 6. http://doi.org/10.1038/srep19829

White-Nose Syndrome Fungus: A Generalist Pathogen of Hibernating Bats

Published in PLoS ONE, 2014

We have reported European bat species infected by White-nose syndrome, a disease devastating American population. We have also showed that the fungus is a generalist pathogen attacking bat species of very diverse ecological traits.

Recommended citation: Zukal, J., Bandouchova, H., Bartonicka, T., Berkova, H., Brack, V., Brichta, J., Dolinay, M., Jaron, K.S., Kovacova, V., Kovarik, M. and Martínková, N., 2014. "White-nose syndrome fungus: a generalist pathogen of hibernating bats." PLoS One, 9(5), p.e97224. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0097224