Asgard archaea illuminate the origin of eukaryotic cellular complexity

@article{ZarembaNiedwiedzka2017AsgardAI,
  title={Asgard archaea illuminate the origin of eukaryotic cellular complexity},
  author={Katarzyna Zaremba-Niedźwiedzka and Eva F. Caceres and Jimmy H. W. Saw and Disa B{\"a}ckstr{\"o}m and Lina Juzokaite and Emmelien Vancaester and Kiley W. Seitz and Karthik Anantharaman and Piotr Starnawski and Kasper U. Kjeldsen and Matthew B. Stott and Takuro Nunoura and Jillian F. Banfield and Andreas Schramm and Brett J. Baker and Anja Spang and Thijs J. G. Ettema},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2017},
  volume={541},
  pages={353-358}
}
The origin and cellular complexity of eukaryotes represent a major enigma in biology. Current data support scenarios in which an archaeal host cell and an alphaproteobacterial (mitochondrial) endosymbiont merged together, resulting in the first eukaryotic cell. The host cell is related to Lokiarchaeota, an archaeal phylum with many eukaryotic features. The emergence of the structural complexity that characterizes eukaryotic cells remains unclear. Here we describe the ‘Asgard’ superphylum, a… Expand
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