Functional and evolutionary analysis of Korean bob-tailed native dog using whole-genome sequencing data

Sci Rep. 2017 Dec 11;7(1):17303. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-17817-w.


Rapid and cost effective production of large-scale genome data through next-generation sequencing has enabled population-level studies of various organisms to identify their genotypic differences and phenotypic consequences. This is also used to study indigenous animals with historical and economical values, although they are less studied than model organisms. The objective of this study was to perform functional and evolutionary analysis of Korean bob-tailed native dog Donggyeong with distinct tail and agility phenotype using whole-genome sequencing data by using population and comparative genomics approaches. Based on the uniqueness of non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms obtained from next-generation sequencing data, Donggyeong dog-specific genes/proteins and their functions were identified by comparison with 12 other dog breeds and six other related species. These proteins were further divided into subpopulation-specific ones with different tail length and protein interaction-level signatures were investigated. Finally, the trajectory of shaping protein interactions of subpopulation-specific proteins during evolution was uncovered. This study expands our knowledge of Korean native dogs. Our results also provide a good example of using whole-genome sequencing data for population-level analysis in closely related species.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / metabolism*
  • Dogs
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genome*
  • Genotype
  • High-Throughput Nucleotide Sequencing / methods*
  • Phenotype
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide*
  • Protein Interaction Maps
  • Tail / anatomy & histology
  • Tail / physiology*
  • Whole Genome Sequencing / methods*


  • Biomarkers