Concatenated SSU and LSU rDNA data confirm the main evolutionary trends within myxosporeans (Myxozoa: Myxosporea) and provide an effective tool for their molecular phylogenetics

Mol Phylogenet Evol. 2009 Oct;53(1):81-93. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2009.05.018. Epub 2009 May 27.


Views on myxosporean phylogeny and systematics have recently undergone substantial changes resulting from analyses of SSU rDNA. Here, we further investigate the evolutionary trends within myxosporean lineages by using 35 new sequences of the LSU rDNA. We show a good agreement between the two rRNA genes and confirm the main phylogenetic split between the freshwater and marine lineages. The informative superiority of the LSU data is shown by an increase of the resolution, nodal supports and tree indexes in the LSU rDNA and combined analyses. We determine the most suitable part of LSU for the myxosporean phylogeny by comparing informative content in various regions of the LSU sequences. Based on this comparison, we propose the D5-3'-end part of the LSU rRNA gene as the most informative region which provides in concatenation with the complete SSU a well resolved and robust tree. To allow for simple amplification of the marker, we design specific primer set for this part of LSU rDNA.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Bayes Theorem
  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Ribosomal / genetics*
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Genes, rRNA
  • Likelihood Functions
  • Myxozoa / classification
  • Myxozoa / genetics*
  • Phylogeny*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • DNA Primers
  • DNA, Ribosomal