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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-42259

Srivastava, M; Simakov, O; Chapman, J; Fahey, B; Gauthier, M E A; Mitros, T; Richards, G S; Conaco, C; Dacre, M; Hellsten, U; Larroux, C; Putnam, N H; Stanke, M; Adamska, M; Darling, A; Degnan, S M; Oakley, T H; Plachetzki, D C; Zhai, Y; Adamski, M; Calcino, A; Cummins, S F; Goodstein, D M; Harris, C; Jackson, D J; Leys, S P; Shu, S; Woodcroft, B J; Vervoort, M; Kosik, K S; Manning, G; Degnan, B M; Rokhsar, D S (2010). The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity. Nature, 466(7307):720-726.

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Sponges are an ancient group of animals that diverged from other metazoans over 600 million years ago. Here we present the draft genome sequence of Amphimedon queenslandica, a demosponge from the Great Barrier Reef, and show that it is remarkably similar to other animal genomes in content, structure and organization. Comparative analysis enabled by the sequencing of the sponge genome reveals genomic events linked to the origin and early evolution of animals, including the appearance, expansion and diversification of pan-metazoan transcription factor, signalling pathway and structural genes. This diverse `toolkit' of genes correlates with critical aspects of all metazoan body plans, and comprises cell cycle control and growth, development, somatic-and germ-cell specification, cell adhesion, innate immunity and allorecognition. Notably, many of the genes associated with the emergence of animals are also implicated in cancer, which arises from defects in basic processes associated with metazoan multicellularity.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
590 Animals (Zoology)
Date:August 2010
Deposited On:20 Jan 2011 17:59
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:35
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group
Funders:Australian Research Council ; US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute ; NSF ; NIH/NHGRI ; University of Queensland ; Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology ; DFG ; ANR ; CNRS ; Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ; Office of Science o
Publisher DOI:10.1038/nature09201
Other Identification Number:ISI:000280562500031

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