Evolution of mollicutes: down a bumpy road with twists and turns.

@article{SirandPugnet2007EvolutionOM,
  title={Evolution of mollicutes: down a bumpy road with twists and turns.},
  author={Pascal Sirand-Pugnet and Christine Citti and Aur{\'e}lien Barr{\'e} and Alain Blanchard},
  journal={Research in microbiology},
  year={2007},
  volume={158 10},
  pages={754-66}
}
Mollicute evolution has been marked by significant changes in genome structure and use of their genetic information. These include a reduction in their genome G+C content and the use by most mollicutes of the UGA universal stop codon as tryptophan. More striking is the size reduction in their genome which, for some species, is now close to the minimal requirement for sustaining cell life. With the growing body of sequence data, a new picture has recently begun to emerge in which the evolution… CONTINUE READING