Ming-Chin Liu

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Marine cnidarian-microalgal endosymbiosis is a form of intracellular association that contributes greatly to the high primary productivity of reefs; however, little is known about its molecular mechanisms. Since the ADP-ribosylation factor (ARF) family proteins are key regulators of host intracellular vesicle transport systems, which are critical to many(More)
Endosymbiotic association of the Symbiodinium dinoflagellates (zooxanthellae) with their cnidarian host cells involves an alteration in the development of the alga-enclosing phagosomes. To uncover its molecular basis, we previously investigated and established that the intracellular persistence of the zooxanthella-containing phagosomes involves specific(More)
The rabbitfishes, Siganus spp., are generally classified as herbivores. A recent study shows that closely related Siganus species can express distinct ecosystem functions with one as a grazer of reef turf algae and the other primarily a grazer of off-reef detrital aggregates (Fox et al. 2009), suggesting that the herbivorous role of rabbitfishes on reefs(More)
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