Maintenance of ancestral complexity and non-metazoan genes in two basal cnidarians

Technau, Ulrich, Rudd, Stephen, Maxwell, Peter, Gordon, Paul M.K., Saina, Michael, Grasso, Lauretta C., Hayward, David C., Sensen, Christoph W., Saint, Robert, Holstein, Thomas W., Ball, Eldon E., and Miller, David J. (2005) Maintenance of ancestral complexity and non-metazoan genes in two basal cnidarians. Trends in Genetics, 21 (12). pp. 633-639.

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Abstract

Cnidarians are among the simplest extant animals; however EST analyses reveal that they have a remarkably high level of genetic complexity. In this article, we show that the full diversity of metazoan signaling pathways is represented in this phylum, as are antagonists previously known only in chordates. Many of the cnidarian ESTs match genes previously known only in non-animal kingdoms. At least some of these represent ancient genes lost by all bilaterians examined so far, rather than genes gained by recent lateral gene transfer.

Item ID: 1491
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: cnidarians, metazoans, ancestral genes, basal lineages
ISSN: 1362-4555
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2007
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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