Dictyostelium discoideum (dicty_2.7)

Dictyostelium discoideum Assembly and Gene Annotation

About the Dictyostelium discoideum genome

Dictyostelium discoideum belongs to the group dictyostelids. It is a remarkable protist that can alternate long periods of life as single cells with stages of participation in multicellular assemblies. These assemblies display striking similarities with multicellular organisms including co-ordinated cell movements, differential cell adhesion, cell type specialization and organization into tissues. Dictyostelium is a popular system to study the evolution of social behaviour and of developmental strategies.


The data in this site is a direct import from dictyBase, The data used in this release corresponds to the release of dictyBase from 14-Oct-2009 and can be downloaded from here. The latest release from dictyBase can be downloaded from here. Publications using this data should cite the following publication: Fey P, et al. dictyBase - a Dictyostelium bioinformatics resource update. Nucl. Acids Res. 37:D515-19.


  1. The genome of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum.
    Eichinger L, Pachebat JA, Glckner G, Rajandream MA, Sucgang R, Berriman M, Song J, Olsen R, Szafranski K, Xu Q et al. 2005. Nature. 435:43-57.
  2. Novel non-coding RNAs in Dictyostelium discoideum and their expression during development.
    Aspegren A, Hinas A, Larsson P, Larsson A, Sderbom F. 2004. Nucleic Acids Res.. 32:4646-4656.
  3. Analyses of cDNAs from growth and slug stages of Dictyostelium discoideum.
    Urushihara H, Morio T, Saito T, Kohara Y, Koriki E, Ochiai H, Maeda M, Williams JG, Takeuchi I, Tanaka Y. 2004. Nucleic Acids Res.. 32:1647-1653.
  4. The cDNA sequencing project.
    Urushihara H, Morio T, Tanaka Y. 2006. Methods Mol. Biol.. 346:31-49.

Picture credit: dictyBase. Copyright: M.J. Grimson & R.L. Blanton,
"Biological Sciences Electron Microscopy Laboratory, Texas Tech University.

Other data

The ESTs sequenced from different stages of Dictyostelium development were also downloaded from dictyBase and aligned to the genome using exonerate.

More information

General information about this species can be found in Wikipedia.



Assemblydicty_2.7, INSDC Assembly GCA_000004695.1, Aug 2009
Database version111.1
Golden Path Length34,134,454
Genebuild by
Genebuild methodImport
Data sourceEuropean Nucleotide Archive

Gene counts

Coding genes13,243
Non coding genes488
Small non coding genes488
Gene transcripts13,755