A family of diatom-like silicon transporters in the siliceous loricate choanoflagellates.

  title={A family of diatom-like silicon transporters in the siliceous loricate choanoflagellates.},
  author={Alan O Marron and Mark J. Alston and Darren Heavens and Michael Akam and Mario C{\'a}ccamo and Peter W H Holland and Gregory J Walker},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  volume={280 1756},
Biosilicification is widespread across the eukaryotes and requires concentration of silicon in intracellular vesicles. Knowledge of the molecular mechanisms underlying this process remains limited, with unrelated silicon-transporting proteins found in the eukaryotic clades previously studied. Here, we report the identification of silicon transporter (SIT)-type genes from the siliceous loricate choanoflagellates Stephanoeca diplocostata and Diaphanoeca grandis. Until now, the SIT gene family has… CONTINUE READING
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