- Molecular characterization of the Calvin cycle enzyme phosphoribulokinase in the stramenopile alga Vaucheria litorea and the plastid hosting mollusc Elysia chloroticaMary E Rumpho
Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, 5735 Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
Mol Plant 2:1384-96. 2009..These data suggest that PRK is differentially regulated in V. litorea and E. chlorotica and at least a portion of the V. litorea nuclear PRK gene is present in sea slugs that have been starved for several months...
- Horizontal gene transfer of the algal nuclear gene psbO to the photosynthetic sea slug Elysia chloroticaMary E Rumpho
Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 105:17867-71. 2008..We demonstrate that foreign organelle retention generates metabolic novelty ("green animals") and is explained by anastomosis of distinct branches of the tree of life driven by predation and horizontal gene transfer...
- The making of a photosynthetic animalMary E Rumpho
Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, 5735 Hitchner Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469, USA
J Exp Biol 214:303-11. 2011..This fascinating 'green animal' provides a unique model to study the evolution of photosynthesis in a multicellular heterotrophic organism...