Molecular analysis of the anaerobic rumen fungus Orpinomyces - insights into an AT-rich genome

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dc.contributor.author Theodorou, Michael K.
dc.contributor.author Brookman, Jayne L.
dc.contributor.author Nicholson, Matthew J.
dc.date.accessioned 2008-12-11T13:35:05Z
dc.date.available 2008-12-11T13:35:05Z
dc.date.issued 2005-01-06
dc.identifier.citation Theodorou , M K , Brookman , J L & Nicholson , M J 2005 , ' Molecular analysis of the anaerobic rumen fungus Orpinomyces - insights into an AT-rich genome ' Microbiology , pp. 121-133 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1465-2080
dc.identifier.other PURE: 92218
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1545
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/1545
dc.identifier.uri http://mic.sgmjournals.org/cgi/content/full/151/1/121 en
dc.description Matthew J. Nicholson, Michael K. Theodorou and Jayne L. Brookman. (2005). Molecular analysis of the anaerobic rumen fungus Orpinomyces - insights into an AT-rich genome. Microbiology, 151 (1), 121-133. Sponsorship: BBSRC RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract The anaerobic gut fungi occupy a unique niche in the intestinal tract of large herbivorous animals and are thought to act as primary colonizers of plant material during digestion. They are the only known obligately anaerobic fungi but molecular analysis of this group has been hampered by difficulties in their culture and manipulation, and by their extremely high A+T nucleotide content. This study begins to answer some of the fundamental questions about the structure and organization of the anaerobic gut fungal genome. Directed plasmid libraries using genomic DNA digested with highly or moderately rich AT-specific restriction enzymes (VspI and EcoRI) were prepared from a polycentric Orpinomyces isolate. Clones were sequenced from these libraries and the breadth of genomic inserts, both genic and intergenic, was characterized. Genes encoding numerous functions not previously characterized for these fungi were identified, including cytoskeletal, secretory pathway and transporter genes. A peptidase gene with no introns and having sequence similarity to a gene encoding a bacterial peptidase was also identified, extending the range of metabolic enzymes resulting from apparent trans-kingdom transfer from bacteria to fungi, as previously characterized largely for genes encoding plant-degrading enzymes. This paper presents the first thorough analysis of the genic, intergenic and rDNA regions of a variety of genomic segments from an anaerobic gut fungus and provides observations on rules governing intron boundaries, the codon biases observed with different types of genes, and the sequence of only the second anaerobic gut fungal promoter reported. Large numbers of retrotransposon sequences of different types were found and the authors speculate on the possible consequences of any such transposon activity in the genome. The coding sequences identified included several orphan gene sequences, including one with regions strongly suggestive of structural proteins such as collagens and lampirin. This gene was present as a single copy in Orpinomyces, was expressed during vegetative growth and was also detected in genomes from another gut fungal genus, Neocallimastix. en
dc.format.extent 13 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Microbiology en
dc.title Molecular analysis of the anaerobic rumen fungus Orpinomyces - insights into an AT-rich genome en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1099/mic.0.27353-0
dc.contributor.institution Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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