Steve Dagenais-Bellefeuille

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Dinoflagellates are an important component of the marine biota, but a large genome with high-copy number (up to 5,000) tandem gene arrays has made genomic sequencing problematic. More importantly, little is known about the expression and conservation of these unusual gene arrays. We assembled de novo a gene catalog of 74,655 contigs for the dinoflagellate(More)
The cosmopolitan presence of dinoflagellates in aquatic habitats is now believed to be a direct consequence of the different trophic modes they have developed through evolution. While heterotrophs ingest food and photoautotrophs photosynthesize, mixotrophic species are able to use both strategies to harvest energy and nutrients. These different trophic(More)
Dinoflagellates are important components of marine ecosystems and essential coral symbionts, yet little is known about their genomes. We report here on the analysis of a high-quality assembly from the 1180-megabase genome of Symbiodinium kawagutii. We annotated protein-coding genes and identified Symbiodinium-specific gene families. No whole-genome(More)
In many phytoplankton species, cell division (mitosis) usually occurs at defined times of day. This timing is also observed under constant conditions, indicating that it is regulated by a circadian clock rather than by a simple response to the light-dark cycle. For those algae with cell cycles longer than a day, the clock opens a window of opportunity for(More)
Almost all cells display circadian rhythms, approximately 24-hour period changes in their biochemistry, physiology or behavior. These rhythms are orchestrated by an endogenous circadian clock whose mechanism is based on transcription-translation feedback loops (TTFL) where the translated products of clock genes act to inhibit their own transcription. We(More)
Molybdenum is a transition metal used primarily (90% or more) as an additive to steel and corrosion-resistant alloys in metallurgical industries and its release into the environment is a growing problem. As a catalytic center of some redox enzymes, molybdenum is an essential element for inorganic nitrogen assimilation/fixation, phytohormone synthesis, and(More)
Dinoflagellates have been shown to express miRNA by bioinformatics and RNA blot (Northern) analyses. However, it is not yet known if miRNAs are able to alter gene expression in this class of organisms. We have assessed the possibility that miRNA may mediate circadian regulation of gene expression in the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum using the(More)
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