Volume 15, Number 3, September 2008Xth European Multicolloquium of Parasitology (EMOP-10, Paris, August 24-28, 2008)
|Page(s)||226 - 232|
|Published online||15 September 2008|
Xth EMOP, August 2008
Kinetoplastid phylogenetics, with special reference to the evolution of parasitic trypanosomes
School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, Exeter EX4 4PS, UK
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To fully understand the evolutionary history of parasitic kinetoplastids and to understand the context within which the evolution of each parasite group has developed, an understanding not just of the parasites, but of all kinetoplastids is required. Accordingly, this paper provides an overview of kinetoplastid evolution and systematics, including coverage of the proposal by Moreira et al. (2004) to divide kinetoplasts into Prokinetoplastina (Ichthyobodo and Perkinsiella) and Metakinetoplastina (other bodonids and trypanosomatids). The implications of such a revision, with regard to correctly identifying outgroup taxa for studies of evolution within taxa of medical importance, are addressed, together with a more detailed review of the evolution and origins of the trypanosomes in the light of new phylogenies, new approaches and revisions in kinetoplastid systematics.
Key words: kinetoplastid / trypanosome / Trypanosomatidae / Bodonidae / Prokinetoplastina / Metakinetoplastina / evolution
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