StellaBase: Nematostella vectensis Genomics and Transcriptomics Database





New and Noteworthy

Welcome to StellaBase v2.0

Updates relative to StellaBase v1:
(1) A new layout.
(2) An updated BLAST search tool from NCBI.
(3) Implementation of JBrowse for visualizing the alignment of reads or contigs to an assembly.
(4) Addition of 82 new searchable transcriptome assemblies representing 27.2 billion nucleotides of new RNA sequencing data from 3 different geographically isolated populations
(5) A new reference transcriptome assembly that encompasses the previously published ESTs as well as 3.6 billion nucleotides of next generation sequencing data from regenerating adults
Please Contribute: StellaBase is pleased to host transcriptome and genome assemblies from researchers in the Nematostella community. At regular intervals, as new transcriptome assemblies are submitted, a new all-inclusive reference transcriptome will be compiled.
Contact John Finnerty at jrf3@bu.edu with your comments, suggestions, and/or data.

Please Cite: Lubinski TJ, Granger BR, Stefanik DJ, Friedman LE, McAnulty SJ, Schweiker RM, Finnerty JR (2014) A revised StellaBase enables comparative transcriptomic studies on multiple populations, life stages, and environmental conditions in the model cnidarian, Nematostella vectensis. (in review)

About Nematostella vectensis

The starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis is a small cnidarian that burrows in the soft sediment of estuarine habitats. Its native range extends along the Atlantic coast of North America, with populations described from Nova Scotia to Louisiana. Introduced populations are known from southeast England and several sites on the west coast of the United States. In the 1992, Hand and Uhlinger advocated Nematostella as a model system for laboratory studies of development. In 1997, the first molecular study of Nematostella was published by Finnerty and Martindale. In 2007, the genome was sequenced by the Joint Genome Institute, and a profusion of papers using Nematostella to study molecular and genomic evolution ensued. More recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on leveraging Nematostella's abundant genetic and phenotypic diversity for microevolutionary studies of stress response and ecotoxicology. See entries for "Nematostella" on PubMed Central and Google Scholar

Nematostella Vectensis in the Latest Literature

Nicosia A, Maggio T, Mazzola S, Gianguzza F, Cuttitta A, Costa S. Characterization of Small HSPs from Anemonia viridis Reveals Insights into Molecular Evolution of Alpha Crystallin Genes among Cnidarians. PLoS One. 2014;9(9):e105908. PMID: 25251681

Peres R, Reitzel AM, Passamaneck Y, Afeche SC, Cipolla-Neto J, Marques AC, Martindale MQ. Developmental and light-entrained expression of melatonin and its relationship to the circadian clock in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Evodevo. 2014;5:26. PMID: 25243057

Moran Y, Zakon HH. The evolution of the four subunits of voltage-gated calcium channels: ancient roots, increasing complexity, and multiple losses. Genome Biol Evol. 2014 Aug 21;6(9):2210-7. PMID: 25146647

Elran R, Raam M, Kraus R, Brekhman V, Sher N, Plaschkes I, Chalifa-Caspi V, Lotan T. Early and late response of Nematostella vectensis transcriptome to heavy metals. Mol Ecol. 2014 Oct;23(19):4722-36. PMID: 25145541

Ebchuqin E, Yokota N, Yamada L, Yasuoka Y, Akasaka M, Arakawa M, Deguchi R, Mori T, Sawada H. Evidence for participation of GCS1 in fertilization of the starlet sea anemone Nematostella vectensis: Implication of a common mechanism of sperm-egg fusion in plants and animals. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2014 Sep 5;451(4):522-8. PMID: 25111819

Botman D, Röttinger E, Martindale MQ, de Jong J, Kaandorp JA. A computational approach towards a gene regulatory network for the developing Nematostella vectensis gut. PLoS One. 2014;9(7):e103341. PMID: 25076223

Jahnel SM, Walzl M, Technau U. Development and epithelial organisation of muscle cells in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis. Front Zool. 2014;11:44. PMID: 25009575

Fischer AH, Mozzherin D, Eren AM, Lans KD, Wilson N, Cosentino C, Smith J. SeaBase: a multispecies transcriptomic resource and platform for gene network inference. Integr Comp Biol. 2014 Jul;54(2):250-63. PMID: 24907201

Babonis LS, Martindale MQ. Old cell, new trick? Cnidocytes as a model for the evolution of novelty. Integr Comp Biol. 2014 Oct;54(4):714-22. PMID: 24771087

Gao Z, Wang M, Blair D, Zheng Y, Dou Y. Phylogenetic analysis of the endoribonuclease Dicer family. PLoS One. 2014;9(4):e95350. PMID: 24748168

Nematostella vectensis Genomics & Transcriptomics Database
Created by: Tristan Lubinski, Brian Granger, Jim Sullivan,
Joe Ryan, Adam Reitzel, Rachel Schweiker, and Sarah McAnulty
Comments, Suggestions, or Questions?
     Contact me at CnidTeam@gmail.com