Archaea

The Origin and Evolution of the Archaeal Domain


Publishing date
04 Jul 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
14 Feb 2014

1Evolutionary Bioinformatics Laboratory, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

2Biological Resource Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea


The Origin and Evolution of the Archaeal Domain

Description

Archaea is the third domain of life. This group of organisms comprises microbes with unique biochemical and genomic features, some of which resemble those of Eucarya. Their habitats and lifestyles are very diverse, from extremophiles living in harsh environments to soil and marine mesophiles and from free-living microbes to gut-inhabiting methanogens and symbiotes. While it is becoming clear that the archaeal domain may have an independent evolutionary history, its origin and links to Bacteria and Eucarya remain contentious and its placement in the Tree of Life remains a question that demands attention. In this special issue, we invite authors to submit original research and review articles that tackle questions of the origin, diversity, and evolution of the archaeal domain. In particular, we are interested in articles describing both patterns and processes responsible for archaeal diversity at genetic, genomic, biochemical, physiological, and ecological levels.

With this special issue, we honor and celebrate the life and impactful contributions of Carl Woese. His insightful mind is responsible for the discovery of the archaeal domain and for transforming comparative views of microbial diversity into an overarching evolutionary framework. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Genetic, phenotypic, and ecological diversity
  • Genomics, metagenomics, and phyloecological analyses
  • Adaptation
  • Horizontal gene transfers
  • Comparative genomics
  • Phylogeny of the archaeal domain
  • Archaea and the origin of eukaryotes
  • Systems biology and archaeal evolution

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/archaea/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/archaea/oead/ according to the following timetable:


Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 915828
  • - Editorial

The Origin and Evolution of the Archaeal Domain

Gustavo Caetano-Anollés | Kyung Mo Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 590214
  • - Review Article

Archaea: The First Domain of Diversified Life

Gustavo Caetano-Anollés | Arshan Nasir | ... | Kyung Mo Kim
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 898453
  • - Research Article

Towards a Computational Model of a Methane Producing Archaeum

Joseph R. Peterson | Piyush Labhsetwar | ... | Zaida Luthey-Schulten
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 206735
  • - Review Article

Archaeal Genome Guardians Give Insights into Eukaryotic DNA Replication and Damage Response Proteins

David S. Shin | Ashley J. Pratt | John A. Tainer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 374146
  • - Research Article

Unique Characteristics of the Pyrrolysine System in the 7th Order of Methanogens: Implications for the Evolution of a Genetic Code Expansion Cassette

Guillaume Borrel | Nadia Gaci | ... | Jean-François Brugère
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 648746
  • - Research Article

Comparative Analysis of Proteomes and Functionomes Provides Insights into Origins of Cellular Diversification

Arshan Nasir | Gustavo Caetano-Anollés
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 202358
  • - Review Article

Close Encounters of the Third Domain: The Emerging Genomic View of Archaeal Diversity and Evolution

Anja Spang | Joran Martijn | ... | Thijs J. G. Ettema
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 372396
  • - Review Article

The Common Ancestor of Archaea and Eukarya Was Not an Archaeon

Patrick Forterre
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 680436
  • - Research Article

Comparative Analysis of Barophily-Related Amino Acid Content in Protein Domains of Pyrococcus abyssi and Pyrococcus furiosus

Liudmila S. Yafremava | Massimo Di Giulio | Gustavo Caetano-Anollés
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 373275
  • - Review Article

Protein Adaptations in Archaeal Extremophiles

Christopher J. Reed | Hunter Lewis | ... | Caryn Evilia
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