A New Lineage of Eukaryotes Illuminates Early Mitochondrial Genome Reduction

  title={A New Lineage of Eukaryotes Illuminates Early Mitochondrial Genome Reduction},
  author={J. Janou{\vs}kovec and D. Tikhonenkov and Fabien Burki and A. Howe and P. Keeling},
  journal={Current Biology},
  • J. Janouškovec, D. Tikhonenkov, +2 authors P. Keeling
  • Published 2017
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Current Biology
  • The origin of eukaryotic cells represents a key transition in cellular evolution and is closely tied to outstanding questions about mitochondrial endosymbiosis [1, 2]. For example, gene-rich mitochondrial genomes are thought to be indicative of an ancient divergence, but this relies on unexamined assumptions about endosymbiont-to-host gene transfer [3-5]. Here, we characterize Ancoracysta twista, a new predatory flagellate that is not closely related to any known lineage in 201-protein… CONTINUE READING
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