Species recognition in social amoebae

@article{Hayakawa2018SpeciesRI,
  title={Species recognition in social amoebae},
  author={Ikumi Shibano Hayakawa and Kei Inouye},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={43},
  pages={1025-1036}
}
Aggregative multicellularity requires the ability of cells to recognise conspecifics. Social amoebae are among the best studied of such organisms, but the mechanism and evolutionary background of species recognition remained to be investigated. Here we show that heterologous expression of a single Dictyostelium purpureum gene is sufficient for D. discoideum cells to efficiently make chimaeric fruiting bodies with D. purpureum cells. This gene forms a bidirectional pair with another gene on the… CONTINUE READING
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