Nucleomorphs: enslaved algal nuclei.

  title={Nucleomorphs: enslaved algal nuclei.},
  author={T Cavalier-smith},
  journal={Current opinion in microbiology},
  volume={5 6},
Nucleomorphs of cryptomonad and chlorarachnean algae are the relict, miniaturised nuclei of formerly independent red and green algae enslaved by separate eukaryote hosts over 500 million years ago. The complete 551 kb genome sequence of a cryptomonad nucleomorph confirms that cryptomonads are eukaryote-eukaryote chimeras and greatly illuminates the symbiogenetic event that created the kingdom Chromista and their alveolate protozoan sisters. Nucleomorph membranes may, like plasma membranes, be… CONTINUE READING