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Evolution: The great photosynthesis heist

Howe, Christopher J.; Nisbet, R. Ellen R.


Christopher J. Howe


Many eukaryotes acquired chloroplasts by endosymbiotic acquisition of photosynthetic bacteria or already-domesticated chloroplasts from other eukaryotes. However, the ciliate Mesodinium rubrum acquires the nucleus of a photosynthetic eukaryote, as well as its chloroplast, resulting in dramatic metabolic remodelling in the ciliate.


Howe, C. J., & Nisbet, R. E. R. (2023). Evolution: The great photosynthesis heist. Current Biology, 33(5), R185-R187.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 18, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 13, 2023
Publication Date 2023-03
Deposit Date Mar 16, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 14, 2024
Journal Current Biology
Print ISSN 0960-9822
Publisher Cell Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 5
Pages R185-R187
Keywords General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
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