publication . Article . Other literature type . 2005

Lateral gene transfer in eukaryotes

Andersson, J. O.;
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  • Published: 09 Mar 2005
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
Lateral gene transfer – the transfer of genetic material between species – has been acknowledged as a major mechanism in prokaryotic genome evolution for some time. Recently accumulating data indicate that the process also occurs in the evolution of eukaryotic genomes. However, there are large rate variations between groups of eukaryotes; animals and fungi seem to be largely unaffected, with a few exceptions, while lateral gene transfer frequently occurs in protists with phagotrophic lifestyles, possibly with rates comparable to prokaryotic organisms. Gene transfers often facilitate the acquisition of functions encoded in prokaryotic genomes by eukaryotic organi...
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free text keywords: Molecular Medicine, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
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