Accepted/in press

Renaut S, Guerra D, Hoeh WR, Stewart DT, Bogan AE, Ghiselli F, Milani L, Passamonti M,Breton S (Accepted) Hybrid de novo assembly of the draft genome of the freshwater mussel Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Bivalvia: Unionida). Genome Biology and Evolution.

Robicheau BM, Chase EE, Hoeh WR, Harris J, Stewart DT, Breton S (Accepted) Evaluating the utility of the female-specific mitochondrial f-orf gene for population genetic, phylogeographic and systematic studies in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida). PeerJ.

Lubośny M, Przyłucka A, Śmietanka B, Breton S, Burzyński A (Accepted) Actively transcribed and expressed atp8 gene in Mytilus edulis mussels. PeerJ.


Chase EE, Robicheau BM, Veinot S, Breton S, Stewart DT (2018) The complete mitochondrial genome of the hermaphroditic freshwater mussel Anodonta cygnea (Bivalvia: Unionidae): in silico analyses of sex-specific ORFs across order Unionoida. BMC Genomics. 19:221.

Guerra D, Bouvet K, Breton S (2018) Mitochondrial gene order evolution in Mollusca: inference of the ancestral state from the mtDNA of Chaetopleura apiculata (Polyplacophora, Chaetopleuridae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 120:233-239.

Capt C, Renaut S, Ghiselli F, Milani L, Johnson N, Sietman B, Stewart DT, Breton S (2018) Deciphering the link between doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA and sex determination in bivalves: clues from comparative transcriptomics. Genome Biology and Evolution. 10:577-590.

Stewart DT, Sinclair-Waters M, Rice A, Bunker RY, Robicheau BM, Breton S (2018) Distribution and frequency of mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms in Blue Mussel (Mytilus edulis) populations of southwestern Nova Scotia (Canada). Canadian Journal of Zoology.


Breton, S., Bouvet, K., Auclair, G., Ghazal, S., Sietman, B.E., Johnson, N., Bettinazzi, S., Stewart, D.T., Guerra, D. (2017) The extremely divergent maternally- and paternally-transmitted mitochondrial genomes are co-expressed in somatic tissues of two freshwater mussel species with doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA. PLoS ONE. 12:e0183529.

Breton, S., Capt, C., Guerra, D., Stewart, D. (2017) Sex Determining Mechanisms in Bivalves. Preprints. 2017060127 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201706.0127.v1).

Guerra, D., Plazzi, F., Stewart, D.T., Bogan, A.E., Hoeh, W.R., Breton, S. (2017) Evolution of sex-dependent mtDNA transmission in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionida). Scientific Reports. 7:1551.

Robicheau, B.M., Breton, S., & Stewart, D.T. (2017) Sequence motifs associated with paternal transmission of mitochondrial DNA in the horse mussel, Modiolus modiolus (Bivalvia: Mytilidae). Gene. 605:32-42.

Robicheau, B.M., Powell, A.E., Del Bel, L., Breton, S., & Stewart, D.T. (2017) Evidence for extreme sequence divergence between the male- and female-transmitted mitochondrial genomes in the bivalve mollusk, Modiolus modiolus (Mytilidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research.

Gusman, A., Azuelos, C., & Breton, S. (2017) No evidence of sex-linked heteroplasmy and doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA in five gastropod species. Journal of Molluscan Studies doi:10.1093/mollus/eyw034.


Gusman, A., Lecomte, S., Stewart, D.T., Passamonti, M., & Breton, S. (2016) Pursuing the quest for better understanding the taxonomic distribution of the system of doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA. PeerJ. 4:e2760; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2760.

Mitchell, A., Guerra, D., Stewart, D.T., & Breton S. (2016) In silico analyses of mitochondrial ORFans in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida) provide a framework for future studies of their origin and function. BMC Genomics 17:597.

Leung, C., Breton, S., & Angers B. (2016) Facing environmental predictability with different sources of epigenetic variation. Ecology and Evolution 6:5234-5245.

Guerra, D., Ghiselli, F., Minali, L., Breton, S., & Passamonti M. (2016) Early replication dynamics of sex-linked mitochondrial DNAs in the doubly uniparental inheritance species Ruditapes philippinarum (Bivalvia Veneridae). Heredity 116:324-32.

Minoiu, I., Burzynski, A., & Breton S. (2016) Analysis of the coding potential of the ORF in the control region of the female-transmitted Mytilus mtDNA. Gene 576:586-8.

Capt, C., Passamonti, M., & Breton, S. (2016) The human mitochondrial genome may code for more than 13 proteins. Mitochondrial DNA. doi:10.3109/19401736.2014.1003924


Breton, S., & Stewart D.T. (2015) Atypical mitochondrial inheritance patterns in eukaryotes. Genome 58:423-31.


Breton, S., Milani, L., Ghiselli, F., Guerra, D., Stewart, D., & Passamonti, M. (2014) A resourceful genome: updating the functional repertoire and evolutionary role of animal mitochondrial DNAs. Trends in Genetics 30:555-564.


Ghiselli, F., Milani, L., Guerra, D., Chang, P.L., Breton, S., Nuzhdin, S., & Passamonti, M. (2013) Structure, transcription and variability of metazoan mitochondrial genome. Perspectives from an unusual mitochondrial inheritance system. Genome Biology and Evolution 5:1535-1554.

Milani, L., Ghiselli, F., Guerra, D., Breton, S., & Passamonti, M. (2013) A Comparative Analysis of Mitochondrial ORFans: New Clues on Their Origin and Role in Species with Doubly Uniparental Inheritance of Mitochondria. Genome Biology and Evolution 5:1408-1434.

Yusa, Y., Breton, S., & Hoeh, W.R. (2013) Population genetics of sex determination in Mytilus mussels: re-analyses and a model. Journal of Heredity doi:10.1093/jhered/est014

Stewart, D.T., Hoeh, W.R., Bauer, G., & Breton, S. (2013) Mitochondrial genes, sex determination and hermaphroditism in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida). In Pontarotti P, editor. Evolutionary Biology from Concept to Application. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.


Shepardson, S., Heard, W.H., Breton, S., & Hoeh, W.R. (2012) Light and transmission electron microscopy of two spermatogenic pathways and unimorphic sperm in Venustaconcha ellipsiformis (Conrad, 1836) (Bivalvia: Unionoida). Malacologia 55:263-284.

Stewart, D.T., Jha, M., Breton, S., Hoeh, W.R., & Blier, P.U. (2012) No effect of sperm interactions or egg homogenate on sperm velocity in the blue mussel Mytilus edulis (Bivalvia: Mytilidae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 90:1291-1296.

Moreira, S., Breton, S., & Burger, G. (2012) Unscrambling genetic information at the RNA level. WIREs RNA 3:213-228.


Breton, S., Ghiselli, F., Passamonti, M., Milani, L., Stewart, D.T., & Hoeh, W.R. (2011) Evidence for a fourteenth mtDNA-encoded protein in the female-transmitted mtDNA of marine mussels (Bivalvia: Mytilidae). PLoS ONE 6: 19365.

Breton, S., Stewart, D.T., Shepardson, S., Trdan, R.J., Bogan, A.E., Chapman, E.G., Ruminas, A.J., Piontkivska, H., & Hoeh, W.R. (2011) Novel protein genes in animal mtDNA: a new sex determination system in freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida)? Molecular Biology and Evolution 28: 1645-1659.


Breton, S., Stewart, D.T., & Hoeh, W.R. (2010) Characterization of a mitochondrial ORF from the gender-associated mtDNAs of Mytilus spp. (Bivalvia: Mytilidae): identification of the “missing” ATPase 8 gene. Marine Genomics 3: 11-18.

Doucet Beaupré, H., Breton, S., Chapman, E.G., Blier, P.U., Bogan, A.E., Stewart, D.T., & Hoeh, W.R. (2010) Mitochondrial Phylogenomics of the Bivalvia (Mollusca): Searching for the Origin and Mitogenomic Correlates of Doubly Uniparental Inheritance of mtDNA. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10: 50.

Doucet Beaupré, H., Dubé, C., Breton, S., Portner H.O., & Blier, P.U. (2010) Thermal sensitivity of metabolism in subarctic and temperate freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Uniononida). Journal of Thermal Biology 35: 11-20.


Breton, S., Doucet Beaupré, H., Stewart, D.T., Piontkivska, H., Karmakar, M., Bogan, A.E., Blier, P.U., & Hoeh, W.R. (2009) Comparative mitochondrial genomics of freshwater mussels (Bivalvia: Unionoida) with Doubly Uniparental Inheritance of mtDNA: gender-specific Open Reading Frames (ORFs) and putative origins of replication. Genetics 183: 1575-1589.

Breton, S., Stewart, D.T., & Blier, P.U. (2009) Role-reversal of gender-associated mitochondrial DNA affects mitochondrial function in Mytilus edulis (Bivalvia: Mytilidae). Journal of Experimental Zoology B 312: 108-117.

Stewart, D.T., Breton, S., Blier, P.U., and Hoeh, W.R. (2009) Masculinization events and doubly uniparental inheritance of mitochondrial DNA: A model for understanding the evolutionary dynamics of gender-asssociated mtDNA in mussels. In Pontarotti P, editor. Evolutionary Biology from Concept to Application II. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

2008 (and earlier)

Hébert Chatelain, E., Breton, S., Lemieux, H., & Blier, P.U. (2008) Epitoky in Nereis (Neanthes) virens (Polychaeta : Nereididae): a story about sex and death. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. B 149: 202-208.

Breton, S., & Doucet Beaupré, H. (2008) Un système de transmission de l’ADN mitochondrial sexuellement équitable. Médecine Sciences. 23: 138-140.

Breton, S., Doucet Beaupré, H., Stewart, D.T., Hoeh, W.R., & Blier, P.U. (2007) The unusual system of doubly uniparental inheritance of mtDNA: isn’t one enough? Trends in Genetics 23: 465-474.

Breton, S., Burger, G., Stewart, D.T., & Blier, P.U. (2006) Comparative analysis of gender-associated, complete mitochondrial genomes in marine mussels (Mytilus spp.). Genetics 172: 1107-1119.

Blier, P.U., Breton, S., Desrosiers, V., & Lemieux, H. (2006) Functional conservatism in mitochondrial evolution: insight from hybridization of arctic and brook charr. Journal of Experimental Zoology B 306: 425-432.

Breton, S., Dufresne, F., Desrosiers, G., & Blier, P.U. (2004) Morphological variation in Nereis (Neanthes) virens (Polychaeta: Nereididae) populations. Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK 84: 983-985.

Breton, S., Dufresne, F., Desrosiers, G., & Blier, P.U. (2003) Population structure of two northern hemisphere polychaetes, Neanthes virens and Hediste diversicolor (Nereididae), with different life-history traits. Marine Biology 142: 707-715.