Affiliation: Institut Pasteur
Forterre P. A new fusion hypothesis for the origin of Eukarya: better than previous ones, but probably also wrong. Res Microbiol. 2011;162:77-91 pubmed publisher
..I conclude that Eukarya and their viruses more probably evolved from a specific lineage, according to the three domains scenario originally proposed by Carl Woese. ..
Dahmane N, Gadelle D, Delmas S, Criscuolo A, Eberhard S, Desnoues N, et al
. topIb, a phylogenetic hallmark gene of Thaumarchaeota encodes a functional eukaryote-like topoisomerase IB. Nucleic Acids Res. 2016;44:2795-805 pubmed publisher
..This newly described thermostable topoisomerases IB should be a promising new model for evolutionary, mechanistic and structural studies. ..
Forterre P. The virocell concept and environmental microbiology. ISME J. 2013;7:233-6 pubmed publisher
Forterre P. Giant viruses: conflicts in revisiting the virus concept. Intervirology. 2010;53:362-78 pubmed publisher
..I briefly review here the history of these debates and how they lead to new proposals, such as the definition of viruses as capsid-encoding organisms or else the recognition of their fundamentally cellular nature, the virocell concept. ..
Forterre P. To be or not to be alive: How recent discoveries challenge the traditional definitions of viruses and life. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci. 2016;59:100-8 pubmed publisher
..To bypass this problem, I suggest considering that all biological entities that actively participate in the process of life are living. ..
Forterre P. DNA topoisomerase V: a new fold of mysterious origin. Trends Biotechnol. 2006;24:245-7 pubmed
..So, where did it come from? It is my contention that Topo V, and many other orphan proteins, could have a viral origin...
Forterre P. In a world of microbes, where should microbiology stand?. Res Microbiol. 2008;159:74-80 pubmed publisher
Forterre P, Gribaldo S, Brochier Armanet C. Happy together: genomic insights into the unique Nanoarchaeum/Ignicoccus association. J Biol. 2009;8:7 pubmed publisher
Forterre P, Prangishvili D. The great billion-year war between ribosome- and capsid-encoding organisms (cells and viruses) as the major source of evolutionary novelties. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2009;1178:65-77 pubmed publisher