α- and β-tubulin phylogenies support a close relationship between the microsporidia Brachiola algerae and Antonospora locustae

Renny C.H. Lee, Bryony A.P. Williams, Amanda M.V. Brown, Martin L. Adamson, Patrick J. Keeling, Naomi M. Fast

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Abstract

Microsporidia are a large and diverse group of intracellular parasites related to fungi. Much of our understanding of the relationships between microsporidia comes from phylogenies based on a single gene, the small subunit (SSU) rRNA, because only this gene has been sampled from diverse microsporidia. However, SSUrRNA trees are limited in their ability to resolve basal branches and some microsporidian affiliations are inconsistent between different analyses. Protein phylogenies have provided insight into relationships within specific groups of microsporidia, but have rarely been applied to the group as a whole. We have sequenced α- and β-tubulins from microsporidia from three different subgroups, including representatives from what have previously been inferred to be the basal branches, allowing the broadest sampled protein-based phylogenetic analysis to date. Although some relationships remain unresolved, many nodes uniting subgroups are strongly supported and consistent in both individual trees as well as a concatenate of both tubulins. One such relationship that was previously unclear is between Brachiola algerae and Antonospora locustae, and their close association with Encephalitozoon and Nosema. Also, an uncultivated microsporidian that infects cyclopoid copepods is shown to be related to Edhazardia aedis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)388-392
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Volume55
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008

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Keywords

  • Edhazardia aedis
  • Encephalitozoon cuniculi
  • Fungi
  • Molecular systematics
  • Parasite

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