publication . Article . 2003

Phylogenetic Analyses of Diplomonad Genes Reveal Frequent Lateral Gene Transfers Affecting Eukaryotes

Thomas Martin Embley;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2003 Journal: Current Biology, volume 13, issue 2, pages 94-104 (issn: 0960-9822, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract Background: Lateral gene transfer (LGT) is an important evolutionary mechanism among prokaryotes. The situation in eukaryotes is less clear; the human genome sequence failed to give strong support for any recent transfers from prokaryotes to vertebrates, yet a number of LGTs from prokaryotes to protists (unicellular eukaryotes) have been documented. Here, we perform a systematic analysis to investigate the impact of LGT on the evolution of diplomonads, a group of anaerobic protists. Results: Phylogenetic analyses of 15 genes present in the genome of the Atlantic Salmon parasite Spironucleus barkhanus and/or the intestinal parasite Giardia lamblia show t...
free text keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all), Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all), General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology, General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
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