Contrasting effects of Symbiodinium identity on coral host transcriptional profiles across latitudes

Molecular Ecology
Sarah J BarfieldMikhail V Matz


Reef-building corals can increase their resistance to heat-induced bleaching through adaptation and acclimatization and/or by associating with a more thermo-tolerant strain of algal symbiont (Symbiodinium sp.). Here, we show that these two adaptive pathways interact. We collected Acropora millepora corals from two contrasting thermal environments on the Great Barrier Reef: cooler, mid-latitude Orpheus Island, where all corals hosted a heat-sensitive clade C Symbiodinium, and warmer, low-latitude Wilkie Island, where corals hosted either a clade C or a more thermo-tolerant clade D. Corals were kept in a benign common garden to reveal differences in baseline gene expression, reflecting prior adaptation/long-term acclimatization. Model-based analysis identified gene expression differences between Wilkie and Orpheus corals that were negatively correlated with previously described transcriptome-wide signatures of heat stress, signifying generally elevated thermotolerance of Wilkie corals. Yet, model-free analyses of gene expression revealed that Wilkie corals hosting clade C were distinct from Wilkie corals hosting clade D, whereas Orpheus corals were more variable. Wilkie corals hosting clade C symbionts exhibited unique functional...Continue Reading


Jun 26, 2020·Molecular Ecology·Ross Cunning, Andrew C Baker
May 20, 2020·Science Advances·P BuergerMadeleine J H van Oppen
Aug 11, 2020·Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences·Madeleine J H van Oppen, M Medina


Mar 28, 1995·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·W J Gehring, R Wehner
Aug 13, 2004·Nature·Andrew C BakerPeter W Glynn
Aug 2, 2005·Trends in Biochemical Sciences·Juan MataJürg Bähler
Aug 25, 2006·Proceedings. Biological Sciences·Ray Berkelmans, Madeleine J H van Oppen
Feb 24, 2007·Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology·Anderson B Mayfield, Ruth D Gates
Dec 31, 2008·BMC Bioinformatics·Peter Langfelder, Steve Horvath
Mar 25, 2009·Nature Reviews. Genetics·Howard Cedar, Yehudit Bergman
Feb 13, 2010·Molecular Ecology·M K DeSalvoM Medina
Mar 5, 2010·Biomacromolecules·Amita A JatkarJeffery P Pearson
Jan 9, 2013·Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America·Daniel J BarshisStephen R Palumbi
Jun 22, 2013·Research in Veterinary Science·Mohammad-Borhan Al-ZghoulZuhair Bani Ismail
Mar 22, 2014·Molecular Biology and Evolution·Daniel J BarshisStephen R Palumbi
Sep 11, 2014·ELife·Ufuk GünesdoganAlf Herzig
Nov 26, 2014·BMC Bioinformatics·Thorfinn KorneliussenRasmus Nielsen
Dec 3, 2014·Current Biology : CB·Rachael A Bay, Stephen R Palumbi
Mar 3, 2015·Molecular Ecology·Francois O Seneca, Stephen R Palumbi
Jun 27, 2015·Science·Groves B DixonMikhail V Matz
Oct 27, 2015·Scientific Reports·John Everett ParkinsonIliana B Baums
Apr 16, 2016·Science·Tracy D AinsworthWilliam Leggat
May 25, 2016·BMC Bioinformatics·Suyash S ShringarpureDavid H Alexander
Jun 16, 2016·Molecular Biology and Evolution·Rachel A LevinMadeleine J H van Oppen
Oct 9, 2016·Plant Science : an International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology·Meng GuoMing-Hui Lu
Aug 16, 2017·Nature Ecology & Evolution·Carly D Kenkel, Mikhail V Matz
Dec 9, 2017·Molecular Ecology·Sebastian BaumgartenChristian R Voolstra

Related Concepts

Biochemical Pathway
Biological Adaptation to Stress
Histone antigen
Transcription, Genetic
Adaptation of Signaling Pathway

Trending Feeds


Coronaviruses encompass a large family of viruses that cause the common cold as well as more serious diseases, such as the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19; formally known as 2019-nCoV). Coronaviruses can spread from animals to humans; symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties; in more severe cases, infection can lead to death. This feed covers recent research on COVID-19.

Sexual Dimorphism in Neurodegeneration

There exist sex differences in neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders. For instance, multiple sclerosis is more common in women, whereas Parkinson’s disease is more common in men. Here is the latest research on sexual dimorphism in neurodegeneration

HLA Genetic Variation

HLA genetic variation has been found to confer risk for a wide variety of diseases. Identifying these associations and understanding their molecular mechanisms is ongoing and holds promise for the development of therapeutics. Find the latest research on HLA genetic variation here.

Super-resolution Microscopy

Super-resolution microscopy is the term commonly given to fluorescence microscopy techniques with resolutions that are not limited by the diffraction of light. Here are the latest discoveries pertaining to super-resolution microscopy.

Genetic Screens in iPSC-derived Brain Cells

Genetic screening is a critical tool that can be employed to define and understand gene function and interaction. This feed focuses on genetic screens conducted using induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived brain cells.

Brain Lower Grade Glioma

Low grade gliomas in the brain form from oligodendrocytes and astrocytes and are the slowest-growing glioma in adults. Discover the latest research on these brain tumors here.

CD4/CD8 Signaling

Cluster of differentiation 4 and 8 (CD8 and CD8) are glycoproteins founds on the surface of immune cells. Here is the latest research on their role in cell signaling pathways.

Alignment-free Sequence Analysis Tools

Alignment-free sequence analyses have been applied to problems ranging from whole-genome phylogeny to the classification of protein families, identification of horizontally transferred genes, and detection of recombined sequences. Here is the latest research.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a disease characterized by unexplained disabling fatigue; the pathology of which is incompletely understood. Discover the latest research on chronic fatigue syndrome here.