Expansion of the molecular and morphological diversity of Acanthamoebidae (Centramoebida, Amoebozoa) and identification of a novel life cycle type within the group

A.K. Tice, Lora L. Shadwick, Anna Maria Fiore-Donno, Stefan Geisen, S. Kang, Gabriel A. Schuler, Frederick W. Spiegel, Katherine A. Wilkinson, M. Bonkowski, K. Dumack, Daniel J.G. Lahr, Eckhard Voelcker, Steffen Clauß, Junling Zhang, Matthew W. Brown

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Abstract

Acanthamoebidae is a “family” level amoebozoan group composed of the genera Acanthamoeba, Protacanthamoeba, and very recently Luapeleamoeba. This clade of amoebozoans has received considerable attention from the broader scientific community as Acanthamoeba spp. represent both model organisms and human pathogens. While the classical composition of the group (Acanthamoeba + Protacanthamoeba) has been well accepted due to the morphological and ultrastructural similarities of its members, the Acanthamoebidae has never been highly statistically supported in single gene phylogenetic reconstructions of Amoebozoa either by maximum likelihood (ML) or Bayesian analyses.
Original languageEnglish
Article number69
JournalBiology Direct
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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    Tice, A. K., Shadwick, L. L., Fiore-Donno, A. M., Geisen, S., Kang, S., Schuler, G. A., Spiegel, F. W., Wilkinson, K. A., Bonkowski, M., Dumack, K., Lahr, D. J. G., Voelcker, E., Clauß, S., Zhang, J., & Brown, M. W. (2016). Expansion of the molecular and morphological diversity of Acanthamoebidae (Centramoebida, Amoebozoa) and identification of a novel life cycle type within the group. Biology Direct, 11, [69]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13062-016-0171-0