Journal article

The inflated mitochondrial genomes of siphonous green algae reflect processes driving expansion of noncoding DNA and proliferation of introns

Sonja Repetti, Christopher J Jackson, Louise M Judd, Ryan R Wick, Kathryn E Holt, Heroen Verbruggen

PeerJ | PeerJ Inc. | Published : 2020


Within the siphonous green algal order Bryopsidales, the size and gene arrangement of chloroplast genomes has been examined extensively, while mitochondrial genomes have been mostly overlooked. The recently published mitochondrial genome of Caulerpa lentillifera is large with expanded noncoding DNA, but it remains unclear if this is characteristic of the entire order. Our study aims to evaluate the evolutionary forces shaping organelle genome dynamics in the Bryopsidales based on the C. lentillifera and Ostreobium quekettii mitochondrial genomes. In this study, the mitochondrial genome of O. quekettii was characterised using a combination of long and short read sequencing, and bioinformatic ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by the Australian Research Council (DP150100705) and the University of Melbourne (Early Career Researcher grant to Heroen Verbruggen and Computational Biology Research Initiative seed funding to Heroen Verbruggen, Kathryn Holt and Linda Blackall). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.