Phylogenetic analysis and the evolution of the 18S rRNA gene typing system of Acanthamoeba.

  title={Phylogenetic analysis and the evolution of the 18S rRNA gene typing system of Acanthamoeba.},
  author={Paul A Fuerst and Gregory C. Booton and Monica Crary},
  journal={The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology},
  volume={62 1},
Species of Acanthamoeba were first described using morphological characters including cyst structure and cytology of nuclear division. More than 20 nominal species were proposed using these methods. Morphology, especially cyst shape and size, has proven to be plastic and dependent upon culture conditions. The DNA sequence of the nuclear small-subunit (18S) rRNA, the Rns gene, has become the most widely accepted method for rapid diagnosis and classification of Acanthamoeba. The Byers-Fuerst lab… CONTINUE READING

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