Hyperdiversity of genes encoding integral light-harvesting proteins in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp

Boldt, Lynda, Yellowlees, David, and Leggat, William (2012) Hyperdiversity of genes encoding integral light-harvesting proteins in the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp. PLoS ONE, 7 (10). e47456. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

The superfamily of light-harvesting complex (LHC) proteins is comprised of proteins with diverse functions in light-harvesting and photoprotection. LHC proteins bind chlorophyll (Chl) and carotenoids and include a family of LHCs that bind Chl a and c. Dinophytes (dinoflagellates) are predominantly Chl c binding algal taxa, bind peridinin or fucoxanthin as the primary carotenoid, and can possess a number of LHC subfamilies. Here we report 11 LHC sequences for the chlorophyll a-chlorophyll c₂-peridinin protein complex (acpPC) subfamily isolated from Symbiodinium sp. C3, an ecologically important peridinin binding dinoflagellate taxa. Phylogenetic analysis of these proteins suggests the acpPC subfamily forms at least three clades within the Chl a/c binding LHC family; Clade 1 clusters with rhodophyte, cryptophyte and peridinin binding dinoflagellate sequences, Clade 2 with peridinin binding dinoflagellate sequences only and Clades 3 with heterokontophytes, fucoxanthin and peridinin binding dinoflagellate sequences.

Item ID: 24176
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-6203
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2012 05:32
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060409 Molecular Evolution @ 40%
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