Journal article

How a host cell signalling molecule modifies carbon metabolism in symbionts of the coral Plesiastrea versipora

Adrienne Grant, Julie People, Marc Remond, Sarah Frankland, Rosalind Hinde

The FEBS Journal | WILEY | Published : 2013


Cnidarian cell signalling remains poorly understood. This study has expanded our knowledge of the cell signalling molecule host release factor (HRF) from the coral Plesiastrea versipora. We have now confirmed that HRF is present in coral host cells that lack intracellular algae. Previous studies showed that HRF stimulates the release of photosynthetic products (mainly glycerol) from Symbiodinium algae, thus providing the host with carbon; glycerol release was accompanied by reduced synthesis of algal triacylglycerols and starch. In this study, we have shown that supplying glycerol to algae incubated with HRF does not restore normal triacylglycerol and starch synthesis. Release of (14) C-labe..

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