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Systematic Revision of Symbiodiniaceae Highlights the Antiquity and Diversity of Coral Endosymbionts
Bacterial diversity and White Plague Disease-associated community changes in the Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata
An increase in diversity as well as a significant shift in community structure is determined in Montastraea faveolata colonies displaying phenotypic signs of White Plague Disease type II (WPD-II), and the possibility that a disease of yet to be determined etiology may have affected M. favelata colonies and resulted in an increase in opportunistic pathogens is discussed.
Symbiodinium Transcriptomes: Genome Insights into the Dinoflagellate Symbionts of Reef-Building Corals
Dinoflagellates are unicellular algae that are ubiquitously abundant in aquatic environments. Species of the genus Symbiodinium form symbiotic relationships with reef-building corals and other marine…
Differential gene expression during thermal stress and bleaching in the Caribbean coral Montastraea faveolata
It is postulate that oxidative stress in thermal‐stressed corals causes a disruption of Ca2+ homeostasis, which in turn leads to cytoskeletal and cell adhesion changes, decreased calcification, and the initiation of cell death via apoptosis and necrosis, the cellular foundation of thermal stress‐induced coral bleaching.
The genome of Aiptasia, a sea anemone model for coral symbiosis
- S. Baumgarten, O. Simakov, C. Voolstra
- Biology, Environmental ScienceProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
- 31 August 2015
The assembly and analysis of the Aiptasia genome is reported on, which will provide a foundation for future studies and has revealed several features that may be key to understanding the evolution and function of the endosymbiosis.
Blind to morphology: genetics identifies several widespread ecologically common species and few endemics among Indo‐Pacific cauliflower corals (Pocillopora, Scleractinia)
Using high‐resolution genetic markers on samples gathered from across their wide distributional range, we endeavoured to delimit species diversity in reef‐building Pocillopora corals. They are…
The Microbiome of the Red Sea Coral Stylophora pistillata Is Dominated by Tissue-Associated Endozoicomonas Bacteria
- T. Bayer, M. Neave, C. Voolstra
- Environmental Science, BiologyApplied and Environmental Microbiology
- 24 May 2013
Novel Endozoicomonas-specific probes revealed that EndozoIComonas bacteria were abundant in the endodermal tissues of S. pistillata and appear to have an intimate relationship with the coral.
Genomes of coral dinoflagellate symbionts highlight evolutionary adaptations conducive to a symbiotic lifestyle
Comparative analyses of genome and transcriptome protein sets show that all dinoflagellates, not only Symbiodinium, possess significantly more transmembrane transporters involved in the exchange of amino acids, lipids, and glycerol than other eukaryotes.
Assessing Symbiodinium diversity in scleractinian corals via next-generation sequencing-based genotyping of the ITS2 rDNA region
- Chatchanit Arif, C. Daniels, C. Voolstra
- Environmental Science, BiologyMolecular ecology
- 18 August 2014
Pyrosequencing is applied to the elucidation of Symbiodinium diversity via analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region, a multicopy genetic marker commonly used to analyse Symbiod inium diversity, and an operational taxonomic unit (OTU)‐based pipeline is developed to provisionally resolve ecologically discrete entities from intragenomic variation.
Coral life history and symbiosis: Functional genomic resources for two reef building Caribbean corals, Acropora palmata and Montastraea faveolata
A set of cDNA libraries and ESTs from two species of corals, Acropora palmata and Montastraea faveolata, produced a rich set of candidate genes that can be used as a starting point for examining the life history and symbiosis of these two species, as well as to further expand the dataset of cnidarian genes for comparative genomics and evolutionary studies.