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Erratum to: On the reversibility of parasitism: adaptation to a free-living lifestyle via gene acquisitions in the diplomonad Trepomonas sp. PC1

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BMC Biology201614:77

  • Received: 12 August 2016
  • Accepted: 25 August 2016
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The original article was published in BMC Biology 2016 14:62


Unfortunately, the original version of this article [1] contained an error. In the Discussion section, the species name E. terrapinae should be E. moshkovskii in two occasions. The corrected paragraph of the Discussion section can be found below;

“Interestingly, RNR, an essential enzyme for life independent of a host, has been lost in the human parasite Entamoeba histolytica [21], whereas we identified homologs of RNR of bacterial origins in three divergent Entamoeba species (Fig. 4b), including E. moshkovskii, which is considered to be free-living [71]. This lineage might have adapted to a free-living lifestyle secondarily, similar to Trepomonas. If so, E. moshkovskii is expected to harbour more recently acquired genes associated with a free- living lifestyle. This prediction could be tested by comparative studies of Entamoeba genomes.”



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Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Science for Life Laboratory, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Integrated Microbial Biodiversity Program, Toronto, ON, Canada
Present address: Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
Present address: Botany Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada


  1. Xu F, Jerlström-Hultqvist J, Kolisko M, et al. On the reversibility of parasitism: adaptation to a free-living lifestyle via gene acquisitions in the diplomonad Trepomonas sp. PC. BMC Biol. 2016;14:62. doi:10.1186/s12915-016-0284-z.View ArticlePubMedPubMed CentralGoogle Scholar


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