Ribosomal protein genes
Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
Summary The nucleotide sequences of the ribosomal protein genesrps18, rps19, rpl2, rpl33, and partial sequence ofrpl22 from cyanelles, the photosynthetic organelles of the protistCyanophora paradoxa, have been determined. These genes form two clusters oriented in opposite and divergent directions. One cluster contains therpl33 andrps18 genes; the other contains therpl2, rps19, andrpl22 genes, in that order. Phylogenetic trees were constructed from both the DNA sequences and the deduced protein sequences of cyanelles,Euglena gracilis and land plant chloroplasts, andEscherichia coli, using parsimony or maximum likelihood methods. In addition, a phylogenetic tree was built from a distance matrix comparing the number of nucleotide substitutions per site. The phylogeny inferred from all these methods suggests that cyanelles fall within the chloroplast line of evolution and that the evolutionary distances between cyanelles and land plant chloroplasts are shorter than betweenE. gracilis chloroplasts and land plant chloroplasts.
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