Plastid evolution: Gene transfer and the maintenance of 'stolen' organelles

Eunsoo Kim, John M. Archibald

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number73
JournalBMC Biology
StatePublished - 10 Jun 2010


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