Widespread vertical transmission and associated host sex-ratio distortion within the eukaryotic phylum Microspora.

@article{Terry2004WidespreadVT,
  title={Widespread vertical transmission and associated host sex-ratio distortion within the eukaryotic phylum Microspora.},
  author={Rebecca S Terry and Judith E. Smith and Rosie Gail Sharpe and Thierry Rigaud and D. Timothy J. Littlewood and Joseph Edward Ironside and David Rollinson and Didier Bouchon and Calum Macneil and Jaimie T. A. Dick and Alison M. Dunn},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={271 1550},
  pages={1783-9}
}
Vertical transmission (VT) and associated manipulation of host reproduction are widely reported among prokaryotic endosymbionts. Here, we present evidence for widespread use of VT and associated sex-ratio distortion in a eukaryotic phylum. The Microspora are an unusual and diverse group of eukaryotic parasites that infect all animal phyla. Following our initial description of a microsporidian that feminizes its crustacean host, we survey the diversity and distribution of VT within the… CONTINUE READING
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