akaryote


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akaryote

[‚ā′ka·rē‚ōt]
(cell and molecular biology)
A cell that lacks a nucleus.
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Based on our initial comparative genomic exercise, we put forth three preliminary conclusions: (i) all extant cells are related by common descent, (ii) Bacteria and Eukarya diverged from a mutual ancestor, and (iii) eukaryotes are significantly more complex than akaryotes in terms of numbers of unique traits.
The relatively lower median f-values in akaryotes (0.6 for Archaea and 0.74 for Bacteria versus 0.90 in Eukarya) can be explained by genome reduction events that are known to occur with relatively high frequency in akaryotic microbes [26, 42], and also manifest in the numbers of superkingdom-specific traits (Figure 2).
This implies that both gain and loss of functions maybe important in akaryotes. Another useful contribution to the functional repertoire comes from HGT [73].