Title

Programmed Genome Processing in Ciliates

Abstract

The ciliates are a group of protists distinguished by the hair-like cilia on their cell surfaces. Ciliates also possess two types of nuclei, a germline micronucleus and a somatic macronucleus. The micronuclear genome contains segmented genes divided by spacer sequences of DNA that are removed to generate the macronuclear genome during development. For some species, certain micronuclear gene segments can be reordered and/or inverted with respect to their final gene sequence in the macronucleus. This chapter explores the similarities of and differences between micronuclear genomes and the processes of macronuclear development across different ciliate species.

Publisher

Springer

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Department

Biology

Document Type

Book Chapter

ISBN

9783642401930

Language

English

Format

text

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