Phylogenetic comparison of the myxosporea based on an actin cDNA isolated from Myxobolus cerebralis

Garry O. Kelley, Katherine A. Beauchamp, Ronald Hedrick

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The full-length actin gene from Myxobolus cerebralis (Mcer Act-1), the first characterized from representatives in the phylum Myxozoa, encodes a 378-amino acid polypeptide with an estimated molecular weight of 41,580-Da. A phylogenetic comparison found M. cerebralis to branch outside the metazoans. This finding contrasts with previous reports that suggest an evolutionary affinity of the Myxozoa with either the Bilateria or Cnidaria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-663
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2004



  • Actin-based phylogenetics
  • Bilateria
  • Cnidaria
  • Myxobolus spp.
  • Myxozoa
  • Whirling disease

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  • Microbiology

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