Horizontal transfer of a natterin-like toxin encoding gene within the holobiont of the reef building coral Acropora digitifera (Cnidaria:Anthozoa: Scleractinia) and across multiple animal linages

Gacesa, Ranko, Hung, Julia Yun-hsuan, Bourne, David G., and Long, Paul F. (2020) Horizontal transfer of a natterin-like toxin encoding gene within the holobiont of the reef building coral Acropora digitifera (Cnidaria:Anthozoa: Scleractinia) and across multiple animal linages. Journal of Venom Research, 10. pp. 7-12.

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Abstract

Phylogenetic evidence is provided for horizontal transfer of a natterin-like toxin encoding gene from fungi into the genome of the coral Acropora digitifera. Sequencing analysis of the coral tissues supported that a fungal taxon predicted to be the most likely gene donor was represented in the coral microbiome. Further bioinformatics data suggested widespread recruitment of the natterin-like gene into venomous terrestrial invertebrates, and repositioning of this gene to non-toxic functions in non-venomous teleost fish.

Item ID: 65734
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2044-0324
Keywords: Horizontal gene transfer, Cnidaria, venom
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Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 03:07
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