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Genes 2016, 7(10), 80; doi:10.3390/genes7100080

Metabolic Genes within Cyanophage Genomes: Implications for Diversity and Evolution

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School of The Environment and Safety Engineering, Jiangsu University, No. 301, Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu Province, China
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Key Laboratory of Tropical Marine Bio-resources and Ecology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 164, Xingangxi Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou 5103401, Guangdong Province, China
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ACS Key Laboratory of Algae Biology, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 7, Donghu South Road, Wuchang District, Wuhan 430072, Hubei Province, China
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Academic Editor: Thierry Wirth
Received: 6 July 2016 / Revised: 30 August 2016 / Accepted: 15 September 2016 / Published: 29 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Microbial Genetics and Genomics)
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Abstract

Cyanophages, a group of viruses specifically infecting cyanobacteria, are genetically diverse and extensively abundant in water environments. As a result of selective pressure, cyanophages often acquire a range of metabolic genes from host genomes. The host-derived genes make a significant contribution to the ecological success of cyanophages. In this review, we summarize the host-derived metabolic genes, as well as their origin and roles in cyanophage evolution and important host metabolic pathways, such as the light-dependent reactions of photosynthesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, nutrient acquisition and nucleotide biosynthesis. We also discuss the suitability of the host-derived metabolic genes as potential diagnostic markers for the detection of genetic diversity of cyanophages in natural environments. View Full-Text
Keywords: metabolism; cyanophage; genetic diversity; cyanobacteria; diagnostic marker metabolism; cyanophage; genetic diversity; cyanobacteria; diagnostic marker
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Gao, E.-B.; Huang, Y.; Ning, D. Metabolic Genes within Cyanophage Genomes: Implications for Diversity and Evolution. Genes 2016, 7, 80.

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