badger at phylo.life.uiuc.edu (Jonathan Badger) writes:
>As a microbiology graduate student at the University of Illinois (Woese's
>home turf), I'm curious as how the detractors of the Three Kingdoms
>explain evidence such as the presence of TATA-binding proteins in the Archea
>that appear to be part of a eukaryotic-style TF IID complex (Marsh, et al.,
>1994). If the Archea are not more closely related to eukaryotes than bacteria,
>what do you suppose occurred? Horizontal gene transfer?
Two other articles noting possible similarities between archean
and eukaryotic transcription machinery are:
Ouzounis & Sander. Cell 71:189 1992.
Creti et al. NAR 21:2942 1993.
(does someone have the complete Marsh citation handy?).
Perhaps we should wait until complete genomic sequences are available
from a eubacterium, archean, and eukaryote until we draw concrete
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI
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