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Evolution of the cutinase gene family: Evidence for lateral gene transfer of a candidate Phytophthora virulence factor

Belbahri, Lassaad ; Calmin, Gautier ; Mauch, Felix ; Andersson, Jan O.

In: Gene, 2008, vol. 408, no. 1-2, p. 1-8

Lateral gene transfer (LGT) can facilitate the acquisition of new functions in recipient lineages, which may enable them to colonize new environments. Several recent publications have shown that gene transfer between prokaryotes and eukaryotes occurs with appreciable frequency. Here we present a study of interdomain gene transfer of cutinases – well documented virulence factors in fungi –...