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Research Article

Selecting One of Several Mating Types through Gene Segment Joining and Deletion in Tetrahymena thermophila

  • Marcella D. Cervantes,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Eileen P. Hamilton,

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Jie Xiong,

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

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  • Michael J. Lawson,

    Affiliation: Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Dongxia Yuan,

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

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  • Michalis Hadjithomas,

    Affiliation: The J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Wei Miao mail,

    miaowei@ihb.ac.cn (WM); orias@lifesci.ucsb.edu (EO)

    Affiliation: Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China

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  • Eduardo Orias mail

    miaowei@ihb.ac.cn (WM); orias@lifesci.ucsb.edu (EO)

    Affiliation: Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America

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  • Published: March 26, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001518

About the Authors

Marcella D. Cervantes, Eileen P. Hamilton, Eduardo Orias
Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Jie Xiong, Dongxia Yuan, Wei Miao
Key Laboratory of Aquatic Biodiversity and Conservation, Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan, China
Michael J. Lawson
Biomolecular Science and Engineering Program, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, United States of America
Michalis Hadjithomas
The J. Craig Venter Institute, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

The author(s) have made the following declarations about their contributions: Performed gene structure predictions: MH. Conceived and designed the experiments: MDC EPH JX WM EO. Performed the experiments: MDC EPH JX MJL DY. Analyzed the data: MDC EPH JX MJL DY WM EO. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MJL WM. Wrote the paper: MDC EPH JX WM EO.