Special Issue "Evolution of Mutualistic Symbiosis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 October 2019).
Interests: symbiosis; comparative genomics; human and insect gut microbiota; antibiotics treatment; omics approaches
Interests: evolutionary genomics of endosymbiotic bacteria; evolutionary analysis of metabolic networks in symbiotic bacteria; minimal genome concept
Mutualistic symbiosis is a widespread phenomenon in nature in which the partner species benefit mutually. Symbioses between microorganisms, usually bacteria and eukaryotic hosts, have been extensively studied in recent years, taking advantage of the advances in computational and omic technologies (genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics), and systems biology (modelling metabolic networks and host-symbiont interactions). In the evolutionary history of symbiosis, there are cases where the eukaryotic host harbours one or few intracellular symbionts (endosymbionts), others where the host lives with a multitude of species located in the intestine or in other organs (ectosymbionts) and, finally, although not as frequent, the case of hosts that harbour both endo- and ectosimbionts.
The objective of the present Special Issue of Life is to bring together original research and reviews on the evolution of microbial mutualistic symbioses, in which two or more prokaryote species and a eukaryotic host are integrated at the behavioral, metabolic and genetic level. The broad scope of this Special Issue encompasses studies focused on every perspective on mutualistic symbiosis, including:
- Genome reductive evolution
- Model symbiotic systems and microbial consortia
- The mutualistic microbiome
- Host-symbiont interactions: physiology, immunity and metabolism
- Transition from parasitism to mutualism
- Novel technological approaches and methods development with a potential for studies in the field
Prof. Dr. Amparo Latorre
Dr. Rosario Gil
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- host-symbiont coevolution
- innate immunity
- host-microbial symbiont interaction
- genome reductive evolution
- metabolic modeling