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Welcome to ParameciumDB

A Database for Paramecium species.

Paramecia are unicellular eukaryotes of large size (~ 120 micrometers for P aurelia species) that belong to the ciliate phylum. Ciliates, like the Last Eukaryotic Common Ancestor, have the axonemal structure in the form of vibrating cilia that assure locomotion and food capture and are essential for pairing of paramecia of opposite mating types during conjugation (sexual reproduction). Like multicellular eukaryotes, ciliates separate germinal and somatic functions, harbouring two different kinds of nuclei. A diploid germinal micronucleus transmits the genetic information to the next sexual generation, while a polyploid somatic macronucleus is responsible for gene expression. Reproducible DNA elimination, which occurs in many animal lineages, takes place in ciliates during sexual reproduction, when a new somatic macronucleus develops from a copy of the germline micronucleus.

The somatic genomes of numerous Paramecium species are being sequenced and annotated. ParameciumDB integrates the genomes as they become available, to provide resources for functional and comparative genomics to the community. ParameciumDB interfaces and tools have been redesigned. Your feedback is welcome.

Please cite ParameciumDB:

ParameciumDB 2019: integrating genomic data across the genus for functional and evolutionary biology.

Arnaiz O, Meyer E, Sperling L. 2019 Nucleic Acids Res., Nov 2019: Database issue doi:10.1093/nar/gkz948. PMID:31733062

The ParameciumDB data resource is a service of ELIXIR France. ELIXIR is a European project providing high quality and sustainable infrastructures for biological information.

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