Coral host transcriptomic states are correlated with Symbiodinium genotypes

DeSalvo, M. K., Sunagawa, S., Fisher, P. L., Voolstra, C. R., Iglesias-Prieto, R. and Medina, M. (2010) Coral host transcriptomic states are correlated with Symbiodinium genotypes. Molecular Ecology, 19 6: 1174-1186. doi:10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04534.x

Author DeSalvo, M. K.
Sunagawa, S.
Fisher, P. L.
Voolstra, C. R.
Iglesias-Prieto, R.
Medina, M.
Title Coral host transcriptomic states are correlated with Symbiodinium genotypes
Formatted title
Coral host transcriptomic states are correlated with Symbiodinium genotypes
Journal name Molecular Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1083
Publication date 2010-02-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2010.04534.x
Open Access Status
Volume 19
Issue 6
Start page 1174
End page 1186
Total pages 13
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A mutualistic relationship between reef-building corals and endosymbiotic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium spp.) forms the basis for the existence of coral reefs. Genotyping tools for Symbiodinium spp. have added a new level of complexity to studies concerning cnidarian growth, nutrient acquisition, and stress. For example, the response of the coral holobiont to thermal stress is connected to the host-Symbiodinium genotypic combination, as different partnerships can have different bleaching susceptibilities. In this study, we monitored Symbiodinium physiological parameters and profiled the coral host transcriptional responses in acclimated, thermally stressed, and recovered fragments of the coral Montastraea faveolata using a custom cDNA gene expression microarray. Interestingly, gene expression was more similar among samples with the same Symbiodinium content rather than the same experimental condition. In order to discount for host-genotypic effects, we sampled fragments from a single colony of M. faveolata containing different symbiont types, and found that the host transcriptomic states grouped according to Symbiodinium genotype rather than thermal stress. As the first study that links coral host transcriptomic patterns to the clade content of their Symbiodinium community, our results provide a critical step to elucidating the molecular basis of the apparent variability seen among different coral-Symbiodinium partnerships.
Keyword Coral bleaching
Gene expression
Thermal stress
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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