Horizontal Gene Transfer from Diverse Bacteria to an Insect Genome Enables a Tripartite Nested Mealybug Symbiosis

@article{Husnk2013HorizontalGT,
  title={Horizontal Gene Transfer from Diverse Bacteria to an Insect Genome Enables a Tripartite Nested Mealybug Symbiosis},
  author={Filip Husn{\'i}k and Naruo Nikoh and Ryuichi Koga and Laura Ross and Rebecca P. Duncan and Manabu Fujie and Makiko Tanaka and Noriyuki Satoh and Doris Bachtrog and Alex C. C. Wilson and Carol D. von Dohlen and Takema Fukatsu and John Patrick McCutcheon},
  journal={Cell},
  year={2013},
  volume={153},
  pages={1567-1578}
}
The smallest reported bacterial genome belongs to Tremblaya princeps, a symbiont of Planococcus citri mealybugs (PCIT). Tremblaya PCIT not only has a 139 kb genome, but possesses its own bacterial endosymbiont, Moranella endobia. Genome and transcriptome sequencing, including genome sequencing from a Tremblaya lineage lacking intracellular bacteria, reveals that the extreme genomic degeneracy of Tremblaya PCIT likely resulted from acquiring Moranella as an endosymbiont. In addition, at least 22… CONTINUE READING
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