Reductive evolution suggested from the complete genome sequence of a plant-pathogenic phytoplasma

@article{Oshima2004ReductiveES,
  title={Reductive evolution suggested from the complete genome sequence of a plant-pathogenic phytoplasma},
  author={Kenro Oshima and Shigeyuki Kakizawa and Hisashi Nishigawa and Hee-Young Jung and Wei Wei and Shiho Suzuki and Ryo Arashida and Daisuke Nakata and Shin-ichi Miyata and Masashi Ugaki and Shigetou Namba},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
  year={2004},
  volume={36},
  pages={27-29}
}
The minimal gene set essential for life has long been sought. We report the 860-kb genome of the obligate intracellular plant pathogen phytoplasma (Candidatus Phytoplasma asteris, OY strain). The phytoplasma genome encodes even fewer metabolic functions than do mycoplasma genomes. It lacks the pentose phosphate cycle and, more unexpectedly, ATP-synthase subunits, which are thought to be essential for life. This may be the result of reductive evolution as a consequence of life as an… CONTINUE READING
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Nature Genetics Volume 36 | Number 1 | January 2004

  • K Oshima
  • J. Gen. Plant Pathol
  • 2002

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