Choanoflagellate models - Monosiga brevicollis and Salpingoeca rosetta.

Hoffmeyer, TT and Burkhardt, P 2016 Choanoflagellate models - Monosiga brevicollis and Salpingoeca rosetta.. Current opinion in genetics & development, 39. 42-47.

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Choanoflagellates are the closest single-celled relatives of animals and provide fascinating insights into developmental processes in animals. Two species, the choanoflagellates Monosiga brevicollis and Salpingoeca rosetta are emerging as promising model organisms to reveal the evolutionary origin of key animal innovations. In this review, we highlight how choanoflagellates are used to study the origin of multicellularity in animals. The newly available genomic resources and functional techniques provide important insights into the function of choanoflagellate pre- and postsynaptic proteins, cell-cell adhesion and signaling molecules and the evolution of animal filopodia and thus underscore the relevance of choanoflagellate models for evolutionary biology, neurobiology and cell biology research.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Marine Microbiome
Depositing User: Dr Pawel Burkhardt
Date made live: 17 Aug 2016 11:17
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 17:05

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