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Top 7 papers in multicellularity

In light of this month's feature on the evolution of multicellularity, we present a snapshot of the latest most highly ranked articles in this field, from Faculty of 1000

Jef Akst
Jef Akst

Jef Akst is managing editor of The Scientist, where she started as an intern in 2009 after receiving a master’s degree from Indiana University in April 2009 studying the mating behavior of seahorses.

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linkurl:1. Mushroom meiosis;http://f1000.com/5644956?key=gh79w26d4cdbx93 Comparisons of a multicellular mushroom with its unicellular yeast relatives reveals a conserved meiosis pathway, suggesting that meiotic genes are more conserved than non-meiotic genes, and more so than previously believed.C. Burns, et al., "Analysis of the Basidiomycete Coprinopsis cinerea reveals conservation of the core meiotic expression program over half a billion years of evolution," linkurl:PLoS Genet,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/20885784?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 6: e1001135, 2010. Evaluated by Patrick Shiu, University of Missouri. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/5644956?key=gh79w26d4cdbx93 linkurl:2. Lessons from brown algae;http://f1000.com/3626956?key=j98k0cgfkhsvjvg
Grounded Kelp
Image: flickr, InAweofGod'sCreation
In the first genomic analysis of a multicellular brown alga, researchers see an increase in membrane-spanning receptor kinases, relative to their unicellular diatom relatives. The kinases are a protein family involved in cellular differentiation and patterning in both animals and green plants, suggesting this family of proteins may have been key to the evolution of multicellularity in all three lineages. J.M. Cock, et al.,...
linkurl:3. Unexpected sponge genes;http://f1000.com/4788960?key=q7cvxd7y9w7mcc6
Niphates callista (Tube sponge)
Image: Wikimedia commons, Nick Hobgood
M. Srivastava, et al., "The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity," linkurl:Nature,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/20686567?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 466:720-6, 2010. Evaluated by Yves Van de Peer, Ghent University; Naoki Irie and Shigeru Kuratani, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology; Douglas Erwin, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/4788960?key=q7cvxd7y9w7mcc6 linkurl:4. Urchin axis development;http://f1000.com/2244956?key=vhql4z6mtjjstn9 F. Lapraz, et al., "Patterning of the dorsal-ventral axis in echinoderms: insights into the evolution of the BMP-chordin signaling network," linkurl:PLoS Biol,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/19956794?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 7:e1000248, 2009. Evaluated by Siegfried Roth, University of Cologne. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/2244956?key=vhql4z6mtjjstn9 linkurl:5. Multicellularity linked to cancer;http://f1000.com/4160956?key=r3gsv4rf1xgvpjw T. Domazet-Loso and D. Tautz, "Phylostratigraphic tracking of cancer genes suggests a link to the emergence of multicellularity in metazoa," linkurl:BMC Biol,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/20492640?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 8:66, 2010. Evaluated by Winston Hide, Harvard School of Public Health. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/4160956?key=r3gsv4rf1xgvpjw linkurl:6. Ancient, conserved p53;http://f1000.com/2753957?key=wrww1t6mc1ffqps D.P. Lane, et al., "Mdm2 and p53 are highly conserved from placozoans to man," linkurl:Cell Cycle,;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/20081368?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 9:540-7, 2010. Evaluated byChristiane Riedinger and Jane Endicott, University of Oxford. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/2753957?key=wrww1t6mc1ffqps linkurl:7. Volvox like unicell cousin;http://f1000.com/5781966?key=01qz9rn7jdfxr72
Volvox
Image: flickr, stellarr
Volvox carteriS.E. Prochnik, et al., "Genomic analysis of organismal complexity in the multicellular green alga Volvox carteri," linkurl:Science;http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez/20616280?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000%2Cf1000m 329:223-6, 2010. Evaluated by Diego San Mauro and Rafael Zardoya, Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales. linkurl:Free F1000 Evaluation;http://f1000.com/5781966?key=01qz9rn7jdfxr72



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