Marine Biotechnology

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 206–216 | Cite as

Construction of a Genomic Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Library for the Prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii and Initial Analysis of ZW Chromosome-Derived BAC Inserts

  • Ke-Yi Ma
  • Shu-Hui Yu
  • Yu-Xin Du
  • Shi-Qing Feng
  • Liang-Jie Qiu
  • Dai-Yi Ke
  • Mei-Zhong Luo
  • Gao-Feng QiuEmail author
Original Article


Knowledge on sex determination has proven valuable for commercial production of the prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii due to sex dimorphism of the male and female individuals. Previous studies indicated that prawn sex is determined by a ZW–ZZ chromosomal system, but no genomic information is available for the sex chromosome. Herein, we constructed a genomic bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) library and identified the ZW-derived BAC clones for initial analysis of the sex chromosomal DNA sequence. The arrayed BAC library contains 200,448 clones with average insert size of 115.4 kb, corresponding to ∼ 4× coverage of the estimated 5.38 Gb genome. Based on a short female-specific marker, a Z- and a W-fragment were retrieved with the genomic walking method. Screening the BAC library using a ZW-specific marker as probe resulted in 12 positive clones. From these, a Z-derived (P331M17) and a W-derived (P122G2) BAC clones were randomly selected and sequenced by PacBio method. We report the construction of a large insert, deep-coverage, and high-quality BAC library for M. rosenbergii that provides a useful resource for positional cloning of target genes, genomic organization, and comparative genomics analysis. Our study not only confirmed the ZW/ZZ system but also discovered sex-linked genes on ZW chromosomes for the first time, contributing to a comprehensive understanding of the genomic structure of sex chromosomes in M. rosenbergii.


Macrobrachium rosenbergii BAC Sex chromosome Genome size 



This work was supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (project number 2018YFD0900201), the Natural Science Foundation of China (project number 31772841), the Shanghai Sailing Program (project number 17YF1408000), and the Special Fund for the Development of Science and Technology of Shanghai Ocean University (project number A2-0203-17-100201).

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The authors have declared that no competing interest exists.

Supplementary material

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Table S1 Sequence comparison of the W- and Z-derived chromosome regions. (XLSX 15 kb)
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Table S2 Deletions with length larger than 100 bp on the BAC inserts revealed by MAUVE. (XLSX 14 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ke-Yi Ma
    • 1
  • Shu-Hui Yu
    • 1
  • Yu-Xin Du
    • 1
  • Shi-Qing Feng
    • 1
  • Liang-Jie Qiu
    • 2
  • Dai-Yi Ke
    • 1
  • Mei-Zhong Luo
    • 2
  • Gao-Feng Qiu
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Freshwater Aquatic Genetic Resources, Ministry of Agriculture, National Demonstration Center for Experimental Fisheries Science Education, Shanghai Engineering Research Center of Aquaculture, Shanghai Ocean UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Life Science and TechnologyHuazhong Agricultural UniversityWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.College of Fisheries and Life ScienceShanghai Ocean UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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