Transcription factor families inferred from genome sequences of photosynthetic stramenopiles
Article first published online: 14 JUL 2010
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Special Issue: Featured papers on ‘The Ectocarpus genome sequence’
Volume 188, Issue 1, pages 52–66, October 2010
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Rayko, E., Maumus, F., Maheswari, U., Jabbari, K. and Bowler, C. (2010), Transcription factor families inferred from genome sequences of photosynthetic stramenopiles. New Phytologist, 188: 52–66. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2010.03371.x
- Issue published online: 2 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 14 JUL 2010
- Received: 21 May 2010, Accepted: 23 May 2010
- expression analysis;
- heat shock transcription factor;
- Myb transcription factor;
- transcription factor;
- transposable elements;
- zinc finger
- •By comparative analyses we identify lineage-specific diversity in transcription factors (TFs) from stramenopile (or heterokont) genome sequences. We compared a pennate (Phaeodactylum tricornutum) and a centric diatom (Thalassiosira pseudonana) with those of other stramenopiles (oomycetes, Pelagophyceae, and Phaeophyceae (Ectocarpus siliculosus)) as well as to that of Emiliania huxleyi, a haptophyte that is evolutionarily related to the stramenopiles.
- •We provide a detailed description of diatom TF complements and report numerous peculiarities: in both diatoms, the heat shock factor (HSF) family is overamplified and constitutes the most abundant class of TFs; Myb and C2H2-type zinc finger TFs are the two most abundant TF families encoded in all the other stramenopile genomes investigated; the presence of diatom and lineage-specific gene fusions, in particular a class of putative photoreceptors with light-sensitive Per-Arnt-Sim (PAS) and DNA-binding (basic-leucine zipper, bZIP) domains and an HSF-AP2 domain fusion.
- •Expression data analysis shows that many of the TFs studied are transcribed and may be involved in specific responses to environmental stimuli.
- •Evolutionary and functional relevance of these observations are discussed.