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Comparative genomics in the Amoebozoa clade.
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PMID:  23134060     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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Amoeboid life forms can be found throughout the evolutionary tree. The greatest proportion of these life forms is found in the Amoebozoa clade, one of the six major eukaryote evolutionary branches. Despite its common origin this clade exhibits a wide diversity of lifestyles including free-living and parasitic species and species with multicellular and multinucleate life stages. In this group, development, cooperation, and social behaviour can be studied in addition to traits common to unicellular organisms. To date, only a few Amoebozoa genomes have been sequenced completely, however a number of expressed sequence tags (ESTs) and complete and draft genomes have become available recently for several species that represent some of the major evolutionary lineages in this clade. This resource allows us to compare and analyse the evolutionary history and fate of branch-specific genes if properly exploited. Despite the large evolutionary time scale since the emergence of the major groups the genomic organization in Amoebozoa has retained common features. The number of Amoebozoa-specific genetic inventions seems to be rather small. The emergence of subgroups is accompanied by gene and domain losses and acquisitions of bacterial gene material. The sophisticated developmental cycles of Myxogastria and Dictyosteliida likely have a common origin and are deeply rooted in amoebozoan evolution. In this review we describe initial approaches to comparative genomics in Amoebozoa, summarize recent findings, and identify goals for further studies.
Authors:
Gernot Glöckner; Angelika A Noegel
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-11-8
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Title:  Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1469-185X     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc     Publication Date:  2012 Nov 
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Created Date:  2012-11-8     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0414576     Medline TA:  Biol Rev Camb Philos Soc     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Biological Reviews © 2012 Cambridge Philosophical Society.
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Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, Müggelseedamm 301, Berlin, D-12587, Germany; Freie Universität, Berlin, Königin-Luise-Str. 1-3, Berlin, D-14195, Germany; Institute of Biochemistry I, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Joseph-Stelzmann-Straße 52, Cologne, D-50931, Germany.
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