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Understanding bioluminescence in dinoflagellates — how far have we come?

Understanding bioluminescence in dinoflagellates — how far have we come?
Understanding bioluminescence in dinoflagellates — how far have we come?
Some dinoflagellates possess the remarkable genetic, biochemical, and cellular machinery to produce bioluminescence. Bioluminescent species appear to be ubiquitous in surface waters globally and include numerous cosmopolitan and harmful taxa. Nevertheless, bioluminescence remains an enigmatic topic in biology, particularly with regard to the organisms’ lifestyle. In this paper, we review the literature on the cellular mechanisms, molecular evolution, diversity, and ecology of bioluminescence in dinoflagellates, highlighting significant discoveries of the last quarter of a century. We identify significant gaps in our knowledge and conflicting information and propose some important research questions that need to be addressed to advance this research field.
diel rhythms, functional diversity, luciferase, luciferin binding protein, gene, evolution, ecology, scintillon, predation defense
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Valiadi, Martha
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Iglesias-Rodriguez, M.D.
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Valiadi, Martha
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Iglesias-Rodriguez, M.D.
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Valiadi, Martha and Iglesias-Rodriguez, M.D. (2013) Understanding bioluminescence in dinoflagellates — how far have we come? Microorganisms, 1 (1), 3-25. (doi:10.3390/microorganisms1010003).

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Some dinoflagellates possess the remarkable genetic, biochemical, and cellular machinery to produce bioluminescence. Bioluminescent species appear to be ubiquitous in surface waters globally and include numerous cosmopolitan and harmful taxa. Nevertheless, bioluminescence remains an enigmatic topic in biology, particularly with regard to the organisms’ lifestyle. In this paper, we review the literature on the cellular mechanisms, molecular evolution, diversity, and ecology of bioluminescence in dinoflagellates, highlighting significant discoveries of the last quarter of a century. We identify significant gaps in our knowledge and conflicting information and propose some important research questions that need to be addressed to advance this research field.

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Published date: September 2013
Keywords: diel rhythms, functional diversity, luciferase, luciferin binding protein, gene, evolution, ecology, scintillon, predation defense
Organisations: Ocean and Earth Science

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Local EPrints ID: 363245
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/363245
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Date deposited: 19 Mar 2014 11:31
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 10:59

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Author: Martha Valiadi
Author: M.D. Iglesias-Rodriguez

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