Claudio Slamovits

Assistant Professor

Fellow, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research

Email: claudio.slamovits@dal.ca

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  • Comparative genomics of microsporidia 

    Keeling, P. J., N. M. Fast, J. S. Law, B. A. Williams, et al. 2005. "Comparative genomics of microsporidia." Folia parasitologica 52(1-2): 8-14.
    Microsporidia have been known for some time to possess among the smallest genomes of any eukaryote. There is now a completely sequenced microsporidian genome, as well as several other large-scale sequencing efforts, so the ...
  • Causes and effects of nuclear genome reduction 

    Keeling, P. J., and C. H. Slamovits. 2005. "Causes and effects of nuclear genome reduction." Current opinion in genetics & development 15(6): 601-608.
    Eukaryotic nuclear genomes are generally considered to be large and gene-sparse, but extreme reduction has taken place several times, resulting in small genomes with a high gene-density. This process involves losing genes, ...
  • Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs 

    Curtis, B. A., G. Tanifuji, F. Burki, A. Gruber, et al. 2012. "Algal genomes reveal evolutionary mosaicism and the fate of nucleomorphs." Nature 492(7427): 59-65.
    Cryptophyte and chlorarachniophyte algae are transitional forms in the widespread secondary endosymbiotic acquisition of photosynthesis by engulfment of eukaryotic algae. Unlike most secondary plastid-bearing algae, ...
  • Lateral gene transfer of a multigene region from cyanobacteria to dinoflagellates resulting in a novel plastid-targeted fusion protein 

    Waller, R. F., C. H. Slamovits, and P. J. Keeling. 2006. "Lateral gene transfer of a multigene region from cyanobacteria to dinoflagellates resulting in a novel plastid-targeted fusion protein." Molecular biology and evolution 23(7): 1437-1443.
    The number of cases of lateral or horizontal gene transfer in eukaryotic genomes is growing steadily, but in most cases, neither the donor nor the recipient is known, and the biological implications of the transfer are not ...
  • Transfer of Nosema locustae (Microsporidia) to Antonospora locustae n. comb. based on molecular and ultrastructural data 

    Slamovits, C. H., B. A. Williams, and P. J. Keeling. 2004. "Transfer of Nosema locustae (Microsporidia) to Antonospora locustae n. comb. based on molecular and ultrastructural data." The Journal of eukaryotic microbiology 51(2): 207-213.
    Nosema locustae is a microsporidian parasite of grasshopper pests that is used as a biological control agent, and is one of the emerging model systems for microsporidia. Due largely to its diplokaryotic nuclei, N. locustae ...
  • Contributions of Oxyrrhis marina to molecular biology, genomics and organelle evolution of dinoflagellates 

    Slamovits, Claudio H., and Patrick J. Keeling. 2011. "Contributions of Oxyrrhis marina to molecular biology, genomics and organelle evolution of dinoflagellates." Journal of Plankton Research 33(4): 591-602.
    No abstract available.
  • Complete nucleotide sequence of the chlorarachniophyte nucleomorph: nature's smallest nucleus 

    Gilson, P. R., V. Su, C. H. Slamovits, M. E. Reith, et al. 2006. "Complete nucleotide sequence of the chlorarachniophyte nucleomorph: nature's smallest nucleus." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 103(25): 9566-9571.
    The introduction of plastids into different heterotrophic protists created lineages of algae that diversified explosively, proliferated in marine and freshwater environments, and radically altered the biosphere. The origins ...
  • Conserved meiotic machinery in Glomus spp., a putatively ancient asexual fungal lineage 

    Halary, S., S. B. Malik, L. Lildhar, C. H. Slamovits, et al. 2011. "Conserved meiotic machinery in Glomus spp., a putatively ancient asexual fungal lineage." Genome biology and evolution 3: 950-958.
    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) represent an ecologically important and evolutionarily intriguing group of symbionts of land plants, currently thought to have propagated clonally for over 500 Myr. AMF produce multinucleate ...
  • A high frequency of overlapping gene expression in compacted eukaryotic genomes 

    Williams, B. A., C. H. Slamovits, N. J. Patron, N. M. Fast, et al. 2005. "A high frequency of overlapping gene expression in compacted eukaryotic genomes." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 102(31): 10936-10941.
    The gene density of eukaryotic nuclear genomes is generally low relative to prokaryotes, but several eukaryotic lineages (many parasites or endosymbionts) have independently evolved highly compacted, gene-dense genomes. ...
  • Sequence evolution of the major satellite DNA of the genus Ctenomys (Octodontidae, Rodentia) 

    Ellingsen, A., C. H. Slamovits, and M. S. Rossi. 2007. "Sequence evolution of the major satellite DNA of the genus Ctenomys (Octodontidae, Rodentia)." Gene 392(1-2): 283-290.
    Sequence variability of RPCS (repetitive PuvII Ctenomys sequence), the major satellite DNA of octodontid Ctenomys rodents, was analysed in species belonging to three groups of species representing the two patterns of ...
  • Phylogenetic Position of Lophomonas striata Butschli (Parabasalia) from the Hindgut of the Cockroach Periplaneta americana 

    Gile, Gillian H., and Claudio H. Slamovits. 2012. "Phylogenetic Position of Lophomonas striata Butschli (Parabasalia) from the Hindgut of the Cockroach Periplaneta americana." Protist 163(2): 274-283.
    No abstract available.
  • The highly reduced and fragmented mitochondrial genome of the early-branching dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina shares characteristics with both apicomplexan and dinoflagellate mitochondrial genomes 

    Slamovits, C. H., J. F. Saldarriaga, A. Larocque, and P. J. Keeling. 2007. "The highly reduced and fragmented mitochondrial genome of the early-branching dinoflagellate Oxyrrhis marina shares characteristics with both apicomplexan and dinoflagellate mitochondrial genomes." Journal of Molecular Biology 372(2): 356-368.
    The mitochondrial genome and the expression of the genes within it have evolved to be highly unusual in several lineages. Within alveolates, apicomplexans and dinoflagellates share the most reduced mitochondrial gene content ...
  • Class II photolyase in a microsporidian intracellular parasite 

    Slamovits, C. H., and P. J. Keeling. 2004. "Class II photolyase in a microsporidian intracellular parasite." Journal of Molecular Biology 341(3): 713-721.
    Photoreactivation is the repair of DNA damage induced by ultraviolet light radiation using the energy contained in visible-light photons. The process is carried out by a single enzyme, photolyase, which is part of a large ...
  • Erratum: A bacterial proteorhodopsin proton pump in marine eukaryotes (Nature Communications (2011) 2 (183) DOI:10.1038/ncomms1188) 

    Slamovits, C. H., N. Okamoto, L. Burri, E. R. James, et al. 2012. "Erratum: A bacterial proteorhodopsin proton pump in marine eukaryotes (Nature Communications (2011) 2 (183) DOI:10.1038/ncomms1188)." Nature Communications 3.
    No abstract available.
  • Characterization of a divergent Sec61beta gene in microsporidia 

    Slamovits, C. H., L. Burri, and P. J. Keeling. 2006. "Characterization of a divergent Sec61beta gene in microsporidia." Journal of Molecular Biology 359(5): 1196-1202.
    The general secretory (Sec) pathway is the main mechanism for protein secretion and insertion into endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membrane in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. However, the complete genome of the highly specialized ...
  • An introduction to the special issue: Oxyrrhis marina, a model organism? 

    Montagnes, David J. S., Chris D. Lowe, Emily C. Roberts, Mark N. Breckels, et al. 2011. "An introduction to the special issue: Oxyrrhis marina, a model organism?." Journal of Plankton Research 33(4): 549-554.
    No abstract available.
  • Nephromyces, a beneficial apicomplexan symbiont in marine animals 

    Saffo, Mary Beth, Adam M. McCoy, Christopher Rieken, and Claudio H. Slamovits. 2010. "Nephromyces, a beneficial apicomplexan symbiont in marine animals." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107(37): 16190-16195.
    No abstract available.
  • Plastid-derived genes in the nonphotosynthetic alveolate Oxyrrhis marina 

    Slamovits, C. H., and P. J. Keeling. 2008. "Plastid-derived genes in the nonphotosynthetic alveolate Oxyrrhis marina." Molecular biology and evolution 25(7): 1297-1306.
    Reconstructing the history of plastid acquisition and loss in the alveolate protists is a difficult problem because our knowledge of the distribution of plastids in extant lineages is incomplete due to the possible presence ...
  • Evolution of ultrasmall spliceosomal introns in highly reduced nuclear genomes 

    Slamovits, C. H., and P. J. Keeling. 2009. "Evolution of ultrasmall spliceosomal introns in highly reduced nuclear genomes." Molecular biology and evolution 26(8): 1699-1705.
    Intron reduction and loss is a significant component of genome compaction in many eukaryotic lineages, including yeasts, microsporidia, and some nucleomorphs. Nucleomorphs are the extremely reduced relicts of algal ...
  • Genome compaction and stability in microsporidian intracellular parasites 

    Slamovits, C. H., N. M. Fast, J. S. Law, and P. J. Keeling. 2004. "Genome compaction and stability in microsporidian intracellular parasites." Current biology : CB 14(10): 891-896.
    Microsporidian genomes are extraordinary among eukaryotes for their extreme reduction: although they are similar in form to other eukaryotic genomes, they are typically smaller than many prokaryotic genomes. At the same ...

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