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Comparative Genomics of Blattabacterium cuenoti: The Frozen Legacy of an Ancient Endosymbiont Genome

Overview of attention for article published in Genome Biology & Evolution, January 2013
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Title
Comparative Genomics of Blattabacterium cuenoti: The Frozen Legacy of an Ancient Endosymbiont Genome
Published in
Genome Biology & Evolution, January 2013
DOI 10.1093/gbe/evt011
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Rafael Patiño-Navarrete, Andrés Moya, Amparo Latorre, Juli Peretó

Abstract

Many insect species have established long-term symbiotic relationships with intracellular bacteria. Symbiosis with bacteria has provided insects with novel ecological capabilities, which have allowed them colonize previously unexplored niches. Despite its importance to the understanding of the emergence of biological complexity, the evolution of symbiotic relationships remains hitherto a mystery in evolutionary biology. In this study, we contribute to the investigation of the evolutionary leaps enabled by mutualistic symbioses by sequencing the genome of Blattabacterium cuenoti, primary endosymbiont of the omnivorous cockroach Blatta orientalis, and one of the most ancient symbiotic associations. We perform comparative analyses between the Blattabacterium cuenoti genome and that of previously sequenced endosymbionts, namely those from the omnivorous hosts the Blattella germanica (Blattelidae) and Periplaneta americana (Blattidae), and the endosymbionts harbored by two wood-feeding hosts, the subsocial cockroach Cryptocercus punctulatus (Cryptocercidae) and the termite Mastotermes darwiniensis (Termitidae). Our study shows a remarkable evolutionary stasis of this symbiotic system throughout the evolutionary history of cockroaches and the deepest branching termite M. darwiniensis, in terms of not only chromosome architecture but also gene content, as revealed by the striking conservation of the Blattabacterium core genome. Importantly, the architecture of central metabolic network inferred from the endosymbiont genomes was established very early in Blattabacterium evolutionary history and could be an outcome of the essential role played by this endosymbiont in the host's nitrogen economy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 2 2%
Czechia 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
Canada 1 1%
Spain 1 1%
Poland 1 1%
Unknown 90 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 25%
Researcher 19 19%
Student > Master 11 11%
Student > Bachelor 10 10%
Student > Postgraduate 8 8%
Other 17 17%
Unknown 9 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 62 63%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 15 15%
Immunology and Microbiology 2 2%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 2%
Computer Science 2 2%
Other 3 3%
Unknown 13 13%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 14. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 June 2020.
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#1,953,403
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Outputs from Genome Biology & Evolution
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#23,816
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Outputs of similar age from Genome Biology & Evolution
#9
of 40 outputs
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