Cyanidioschyzon merolae

A New Model Eukaryote for Cell and Organelle Biology

  • Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa
  • Shinya Miyagishima
  • Sachihiro Matsunaga
  • Naoki Sato
  • Hisayoshi Nozaki
  • Kan Tanaka
  • Osami Misumi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Shinya Miyagishima, Jong Lin Wei, Hisayoshi Nozaki, Shunsuke Hirooka
      Pages 3-15
  3. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Yamato Yoshida, Yuuta Imoto, Fumi Yagisawa
      Pages 43-57
  4. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Hisayoshi Nozaki, Yu Kanesaki, Motomichi Matsuzaki, Shunsuke Hirooka
      Pages 61-72
  5. Part IV

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Takako M. Ichinose, Atsuko H. Iwane
      Pages 129-151
    3. Yuki Sekiguchi, Amane Kobayashi, Yuki Takayama, Mao Oide, Asahi Fukuda, Takahiro Yamamoto et al.
      Pages 153-173
  6. Part V

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Yuki Kobayashi, Yu Kanesaki, Mitsumasa Hanaoka, Kan Tanaka
      Pages 195-204
    3. Yamato Yoshida, Yuki Sakamoto, Katsuya Iwasaki, Shinichiro Maruyama, Sachihiro Matsunaga
      Pages 205-233
    4. Fumi Yagisawa, Yuuta Imoto, Takayuki Fujiwara, Shinya Miyagishima
      Pages 235-249
  7. Part VI

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Naoki Sato, Takashi Moriyama
      Pages 263-281
    3. Sousuke Imamura, Kan Tanaka
      Pages 283-296
    4. Takashi Moriyama, Natsumi Mori, Naoki Sato
      Pages 297-321
  8. Part VII

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 323-323
    2. Osami Misumi, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa, Shunsuke Hirooka
      Pages 325-341
    3. Nobuko Sumiya, Shinya Miyagishima
      Pages 343-354
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 355-365

About this book


This comprehensive book highlights the importance of Cyanidioschyzon merolae (C. merolae), an ultrasmall unicellular red alga, as a model eukaryote organism. The chapters introduce recent studies on C. merolae, from culture, synchronization and isolation methods of nucleic acids, proteins and organelles for molecular biological and cytological analyses, as well as its application in genetic engineering of environmental-stress-tolerant crops and oil production. In addition to discussing recent advances based on the complete genome information and molecular biological techniques such as genetic modifications and bioinformatics, the book includes visualization aids demonstrating that both classical and recent imaging techniques of fluorescent and electron microscopy can be applied to analyses of C. merolae. This publication offers a definitive resource for both beginners and professionals studying C. merolae, particularly in the field of molecular biology, evolutionary biology, morphology, biochemistry and cell biology, as well as those interested in its applications in medical sciences and agriculture.


C. merola Cyanidiales Rhodophyta Unicellular photosynthetic eukaryote Ultrasmall unicellular red alga Primitive red alga Model for eukaryogenesis Oil production

Editors and affiliations

  • Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa
    • 1
  • Shinya Miyagishima
    • 2
  • Sachihiro Matsunaga
    • 3
  • Naoki Sato
    • 4
  • Hisayoshi Nozaki
    • 5
  • Kan Tanaka
    • 6
  • Osami Misumi
    • 7
  1. 1.Faculty of Science Department of Chemical and Biological SciencesJapan Women’s UniversityTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Cell GeneticsNational Institute of GeneticsShizuokaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Applied Biological Science, Faculty of Science and TechnologyTokyo University of ScienceChibaJapan
  4. 4.Department of Life Sciences Graduate School of Arts and SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  5. 5.Department of Biological Sciences Graduate School of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  6. 6.Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science Institute of Innovative ResearchTokyo Institute of TechnologyKanagawaJapan
  7. 7.Graduate School of Science and Technology for Innovation Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Science and ChemistryYamaguchi UniversityYamaguchiJapan

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