Lokiarchaeon is hydrogen dependent

Sousa FL, Neukirchen S, Allen JF, Lane N, Martin, WF. Nature Microbiology doi:10.1038/nmicrobiol.2016.34; 2016.

The nature of the host that acquired the mitochondrion at the eukaryote origin is an important microbial evolutionary issue. Modern phylogenetics indicates that the host was an archaeon. The metagenome sequence of Candidatus Lokiarchaeon has identified it as being the closest relative of the host yet known. Here, we report comparative genomic evidence indicating that Lokiarchaeon is hydrogen dependent, as one theory for the eukaryote origin—the hydrogen hypothesis—predicts for the host lineage.

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