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Metabolic Genes within Cyanophage Genomes: Implications for Diversity and Evolution

by E-Bin Gao 1, Youhua Huang 2,* and Degang Ning 3,*
School of The Environment and Safety Engineering, Jiangsu University, No. 301, Xuefu Road, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu Province, China
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
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
Genes 2016, 7(10), 80;
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)
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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