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This evolutionarily and functionally sharp distinction
 

Summary: Magazine
R1017
This evolutionarily and
functionally sharp distinction
between organelles and
endosymbionts -- protein import,
or not -- was crisply articulated
by Cavalier-Smith and Lee [9].
It has proven to be exquisitely
robust.
Unless the Paulinella
endosymbiont can be shown
to possess a protein import
apparatus, it is just another
member in a long list of known
cases of endosymbionts: the
proteobacterial endosymbionts
of insects such as Buchnera,
Wigglesworthia, and
Wolbachia [5,6,10], the

  

Source: Archibald, John - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine