Host-derived viral transporter protein for nitrogen uptake in infected marine phytoplankton

@article{Monier2017HostderivedVT,
  title={Host-derived viral transporter protein for nitrogen uptake in infected marine phytoplankton},
  author={Adam Monier and Aur{\'e}lie Chambouvet and David S. Milner and Victoria Attah and Ram{\'o}n Terrado and Connie Lovejoy and Herv{\'e} Moreau and Alyson E. Santoro and {\'E}velyne Derelle and Thomas A. Richards},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  year={2017},
  volume={114},
  pages={E7489 - E7498}
}
Significance Viruses often carry genes acquired from their host. In the present work, we show that a virus of a marine alga carries a gene encoding a transporter protein that mediates nutrient uptake. We confirm that the viral transporter protein is expressed during infection and show that the protein functions to take up sources of nitrogen. This is important because acquisition of nutrients often determines the ecological success of phytoplankton populations. This work demonstrates how a… 

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