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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Sterol transfer by atypical cholesterol-binding NPC2 proteins in coral-algal symbiosis

    Elizabeth Ann Hambleton et al.
    Diversification of a conserved cholesterol binder drives functional replacement of cholesterol with symbiont-produced sterols in corals living in nutrient-poor environments.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Host-selected mutations converging on a global regulator drive an adaptive leap towards symbiosis in bacteria

    M Sabrina Pankey et al.
    Selective forces imposed by the squid animal host drive rapid adaptation of non-native Vibrio fischeri bacteria through convergent mutations of large effect, unmasking preexisting coordinated regulation of symbiosis.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    A Mesozoic clown beetle myrmecophile (Coleoptera: Histeridae)

    Yu-Lingzi Zhou et al.
    A 99-million year old beetle in amber was a myrmecophile—a social impostor of the earliest-known ant colonies—revealing the most ancient behavioral symbiosis yet discovered in the Metazoa.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Diverse deep-sea anglerfishes share a genetically reduced luminous symbiont that is acquired from the environment

    Lydia J Baker et al.
    Environmental transmission is atypical of symbionts that have undergone genome degradation, yet genetically reduced deep-sea anglerfish symbionts likely persist in the deep sea biome in search of a new host.
    1. Plant Biology

    Lipid transfer from plants to arbuscular mycorrhiza fungi

    Andreas Keymer et al.
    Identification of two arbuscular mycorrhiza-specific lipid biosynthesis mutants and fatty acid transfer experiments reveal that host plant lipids are transferred to symbiotic fungi and needed for their development.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A model symbiosis reveals a role for sheathed-flagellum rotation in the release of immunogenic lipopolysaccharide

    Caitlin A Brennan et al.
    Both beneficial and pathogenic bacteria can use their sheathed flagella during host colonization as a novel toxin-/signal-delivery mechanism.
    1. Ecology
    2. Plant Biology

    Blumenols as shoot markers of root symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

    Ming Wang et al.
    Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi-induced hydroxy- and carboxyblumenol C glycosides accumulate in plant shoots and allow for facile high-throughput screening for functional plant-AMF associations.
    1. Ecology

    Endosymbiosis: Gasping for air

    Steven G Ball, Ugo Cenci
    Transcriptomics is shedding new light on the relationship between photosynthetic algae and salamander eggs.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Symbiosis: Protection from within

    Florent Masson, Bruno Lemaitre
    The development of the tsetse fly immune system relies on a cue from an endosymbiotic bacterium called Wigglesworthia.
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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Symbiosis: Breaking down walls to live in harmony

    Natalia Requena, Reinhard Fischer
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