Aphids evolved novel secreted proteins for symbiosis with bacterial endosymbiont

@inproceedings{Shigenobu2013AphidsEN,
  title={Aphids evolved novel secreted proteins for symbiosis with bacterial endosymbiont},
  author={Shuji Shigenobu and David L Stern},
  booktitle={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2013}
}
Aphids evolved novel cells, called bacteriocytes, that differentiate specifically to harbour the obligatory mutualistic endosymbiotic bacteria Buchnera aphidicola. The genome of the host aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum contains many orphan genes that display no similarity with genes found in other sequenced organisms, prompting us to hypothesize that some of these orphan genes are related to lineage-specific traits, such as symbiosis. We conducted deep sequencing of bacteriocytes mRNA followed by… CONTINUE READING

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