Determinism and Contingency Shape Metabolic Complementation in an Endosymbiotic Consortium.

Ponce-de-Leon M, Tamarit D, Calle-Espinosa J, Mori M, Latorre A, Montero F, Pereto J

Front Microbiol 8 (-) 2290 [2017-11-22; online 2017-11-22]

Bacterial endosymbionts and their insect hosts establish an intimate metabolic relationship. Bacteria offer a variety of essential nutrients to their hosts, whereas insect cells provide the necessary sources of matter and energy to their tiny metabolic allies. These nutritional complementations sustain themselves on a diversity of metabolite exchanges between the cell host and the reduced yet highly specialized bacterial metabolism-which, for instance, overproduces a small set of essential amino acids and vitamins. A well-known case of metabolic complementation is provided by the cedar aphid

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PubMed 29213256

DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02290

Crossref 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02290

pmc: PMC5702781

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