Detection of prokaryotic genes in the amphimedon queenslandica genome

Cecilia Conaco, Pantelis Tsoulfas, Onur Sakarya, Amanda Dolan, John Werren, Kenneth S. Kosik

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Abstract

Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is common between prokaryotes and phagotrophic eukaryotes. In metazoans, the scale and significance of HGT remains largely unexplored but is usually linked to a close association with parasites and endosymbionts. Marine sponges (Porifera), which host many microorganisms in their tissues and lack an isolated germ line, are potential carriers of genes transferred from prokaryotes. In this study, we identified a number of potential horizontally transferred genes within the genome of the sponge, Amphimedon queenslandica.We further identified homologs of some of these genes in other sponges. The transferred genes, most of which possess catalytic activity for carbohydrate or protein metabolism, have assimilated host genome characteristics and are actively expressed. The diversity of functions contributed by the horizontally transferred genes is likely an important factor in the adaptation and evolution of A. queenslandica. These findings highlight the potential importance of HGT on the success of sponges in diverse ecological niches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0151092
JournalPLoS One
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016

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Porifera
Genes
Horizontal Gene Transfer
Genome
genome
Gene transfer
prokaryotic cells
genes
endosymbionts
carbohydrate metabolism
protein metabolism
Eukaryota
catalytic activity
Germ Cells
eukaryotic cells
germ cells
Parasites
niches
Carbohydrates
Amphimedon queenslandica

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Conaco, C., Tsoulfas, P., Sakarya, O., Dolan, A., Werren, J., & Kosik, K. S. (2016). Detection of prokaryotic genes in the amphimedon queenslandica genome. PLoS One, 11(3), [e0151092]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151092

Detection of prokaryotic genes in the amphimedon queenslandica genome. / Conaco, Cecilia; Tsoulfas, Pantelis; Sakarya, Onur; Dolan, Amanda; Werren, John; Kosik, Kenneth S.

In: PLoS One, Vol. 11, No. 3, e0151092, 01.03.2016.

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Conaco, C, Tsoulfas, P, Sakarya, O, Dolan, A, Werren, J & Kosik, KS 2016, 'Detection of prokaryotic genes in the amphimedon queenslandica genome', PLoS One, vol. 11, no. 3, e0151092. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151092
Conaco, Cecilia ; Tsoulfas, Pantelis ; Sakarya, Onur ; Dolan, Amanda ; Werren, John ; Kosik, Kenneth S. / Detection of prokaryotic genes in the amphimedon queenslandica genome. In: PLoS One. 2016 ; Vol. 11, No. 3.
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