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The enigmatic mitochondrial genome of Rhabdopleura compacta (Pterobranchia) reveals insights into selection of an efficient tRNA system and supports monophyly of Ambulacraria

Marleen Perseke12, Joerg Hetmank1, Matthias Bernt3, Peter F Stadler10456789*, Martin Schlegel15 and Detlef Bernhard1

Author Affiliations

1 Molecular Evolution and Animal Systematics, University of Leipzig, Talstr. 33, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

2 Laboratory of Marine Biology, South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science, 164 West Xingang Road, 510301 Guangzhou, PR China

3 Parallel Computing and Complex Systems Group, University of Leipzig, Johannisgasse, 26, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

4 Bioinformatics Group, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Leipzig, Härtelstr, 16-18, 04107 Leipzig, Germany

5 Interdisciplinary Center for Bioinformatics, University of Leipzig, Härtelstr, 16-18, 04107 Leipzig, Germany

6 Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Inselstrasse 22, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

7 Fraunhofer Institut für Zelltherapie und Immunologie, IZI, Perlickstrasse 1, 04103 Leipzig, Germany

8 Center for non-coding RNA in Technology and Health, University of Copenhagen, Grønnegårdsvej 3, 1870 Frederiksberg C, Denmark

9 Department of Theoretical Chemistry, University of Vienna, Währingerstrasse 17, 1090 Wien, Austria

10 Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501, USA

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BMC Evolutionary Biology 2011, 11:134  doi:10.1186/1471-2148-11-134

Published: 20 May 2011

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Figure S1 -- Gene order comparison of the mtDNAs from the pterobranch Rhabdopleura compacta to the enteropneust genomes. Genes located above the middle line are transcribed from the heavy strand whereas those located below the middle line are transcribed from the light strand. Grey regions highlight conserved protein-coding gene arrangements. The black lines show the tRNA rearrangements (transposition, inversion and reverse transposition) within the conserved blocks.

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