Genomic analysis reveals key aspects of prokaryotic symbiosis in the phototrophic consortium "Chlorochromatium aggregatum"

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Zhenfeng Liu, Johannes Müller, Tao Li, Richard M. Alvey, Kajetan Vogl, Niels-Ulrik Frigaard, Nathan C. Rockwell, Eric S. Boyd, Lynn P. Tomsho, Stephan C. Schuster, Petra Henke, Manfred Rohde, Jörg Overmann, Donald A. Bryant

'Chlorochromatium aggregatum' is a phototrophic consortium, a symbiosis that may represent the highest degree of mutual interdependence between two unrelated bacteria not associated with a eukaryotic host. 'Chlorochromatium aggregatum' is a motile, barrel-shaped aggregate formed from a single cell of "Candidatus Symbiobacter mobilis," a polarly flagellated, non-pigmented, heterotrophic bacterium, which is surrounded by approximately 15 epibiont cells of Chlorobium chlorochromatii, a non-motile photolithoautotrophic green sulfur bacterium.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberR127
JournalGenome Biology (Online Edition)
Issue number11
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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