Symbiodinium-invertebrate symbioses and the role of metabolomics

Gordon, Benjamin R., and Leggat, William (2010) Symbiodinium-invertebrate symbioses and the role of metabolomics. Marine Drugs, 8 (10). pp. 2546-2568.

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Symbioses play an important role within the marine environment. Among the most well known of these symbioses is that between coral and the photosynthetic dinoflagellate, Symbiodinium spp. Understanding the metabolic relationships between the host and the symbiont is of the utmost importance in order to gain insight into how this symbiosis may be disrupted due to environmental stressors. Here we summarize the metabolites related to nutritional roles, diel cycles and the common metabolites associated with the invertebrate-Symbiodinium relationship. We also review the more obscure metabolites and toxins that have been identified through natural products and biomarker research. Finally, we discuss the key role that metabolomics and functional genomics will play in understanding these important symbioses.

Item ID: 16266
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1660-3397
Keywords: metabolomics; zooxanthellae; marine; Symbiodinium; coral
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Copyright Information: © 2010 by the authors; licensee Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Basel, Switzerland This article is an open-access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
Funders: ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies, JCU CRIG grant, AIMS@JCU
Date Deposited: 02 May 2011 23:23
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0601 Biochemistry and Cell Biology > 060104 Cell Metabolism @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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