A family of glycosyl hydrolase family 45 cellulases from the pine wood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

T Kikuchi*, JT Jones, T Aikawa, H Kosaka, N Ogura

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Abstract

We have characterized a family of GHF45 cellulases from the pine wood nematode Bursaphelenchus xylophilus. The absence of such genes from other nematodes and their similarity to fungal genes suggests that they may have been acquired by horizontal gene transfer (HGT) from fungi. The cell wall degrading enzymes of other plant parasitic nematodes may have been acquired by HGT from bacteria. B. xylophilus is not directly related to other plant parasites and our data therefore suggest that horizontal transfer of cell wall degrading enzymes has played a key role in evolution of plant parasitism by nematodes on more than one occasion. (C) 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-205
Number of pages5
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume572
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2004

Keywords

  • endoglucanase
  • plant parasitic nematodes
  • secretions
  • horizontal gene transfer
  • PLANT-PARASITIC NEMATODES
  • BETA-1,4-ENDOGLUCANASE GENES
  • MELOIDOGYNE-INCOGNITA
  • HETERODERA-GLYCINES
  • CYST NEMATODES
  • EXPRESSION
  • ANIMALS
  • WALLS

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