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BMC Biol. 2010 Jun 10;8:73. doi: 10.1186/1741-7007-8-73.

Plastid evolution: gene transfer and the maintenance of 'stolen' organelles.

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Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Program in Integrated Microbial Biodiversity, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS B3 H 1X5, Canada.

Abstract

Many heterotrophic organisms sequester plastids from prey algae and temporarily utilize their photosynthetic capacity. A recent article in BMC Genomics reveals that the dinoflagellate Dinophysis acuminata has acquired photosynthesis-related genes by horizontal gene transfer, which might explain its ability to retain 'stolen' plastids for extended periods of time. See research article http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2164/11/366.

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20594287
PMCID:
PMC2883544
DOI:
10.1186/1741-7007-8-73
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