Marine amoebae of the genus Paramoeba (Amoebozoa, Dactylopodida) normally contain a eukaryotic endosymbiont known as Perkinsela‐like organism (PLO). This is one of the characters to distinguish the genera Neoparamoeba and Paramoeba from other Dactylopodida. It is known that the PLO may be lost, but PLO‐free strains of paramoebians were never available for molecular studies. Recently, we have described the first species of the genus Paramoeba which has no parasome ‐ Paramoeba aparasomata. In this study we present a mitochondrial genome of this species, compare it with that of Neoparamoeba pemaquidensis and analyze the evolutionary dynamics of gene sequences and gene order rearrangements between these species. The mitochondrial genome of P. aparasomata is 46,254 bp long and contains a set of 31 protein‐coding genes, 19 tRNAs, two rRNA genes and 7 open reading frames. Our results suggest that these two mitochondrial genomes within the genus Paramoeba have rather similar organization and gene order, base composition, codon usage, the composition and structure of non‐coding and overlapping regions.
Bondarenko, N., Volkova, E., Masharsky, A., Kudryavtsev, A., & Smirnov, A. (2019). A comparative characterisation of the complete mitochondrial genomes of Paramoeba aparasomata and Neoparamoeba pemaquidensis (Amoebozoa, Paramoebidae). Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeu.12767