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The Genus Neoceratium (Planktonic Dinoflagellates) as a Potential Indicator of Ocean Warming
Microorganisms 2013, 1(1), 71-99; doi:10.3390/microorganisms1010071

Transcription and Maturation of mRNA in Dinoflagellates

Institut de Recherche en BiologieVégétale, Département de Sciences Biologiques, Université de Montréal, 4101 Sherbrooke east, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2, Canada
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Received: 22 July 2013 / Revised: 10 September 2013 / Accepted: 14 October 2013 / Published: 1 November 2013
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Dinoflagellates are of great importance to the marine ecosystem, yet scant details of how gene expression is regulated at the transcriptional level are available. Transcription is of interest in the context of the chromatin structure in the dinoflagellates as it shows many differences from more typical eukaryotic cells. Here we canvas recent transcriptome profiles to identify the molecular building blocks available for the construction of the transcriptional machinery and contrast these with those used by other systems. Dinoflagellates display a clear paucity of specific transcription factors, although surprisingly, the rest of the basic transcriptional machinery is not markedly different from what is found in the close relatives to the dinoflagellates.
Keywords: transcription factor; gene expression; regulation transcription factor; gene expression; regulation
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Roy, S.; Morse, D. Transcription and Maturation of mRNA in Dinoflagellates. Microorganisms 2013, 1, 71-99.

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