The Amoebozoa

Christina Schilde, Pauline Schaap (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The model organism Dictyostelium discoideum is a member of the Amoebozoa, one of the six major -divisions of eukaryotes. Amoebozoa comprise a wide variety of amoeboid and flagellate organisms with single cells measuring from 5 μm to several meters across. They have adopted many different life styles and sexual behaviors and can live in all but the most extreme environments. This chapter provides an overview of Amoebozoan diversity and compares roads towards multicellularity within the Amoebozoa with inventions of multicellularity in other protist divisions. The chapter closes with a scenario for the evolution of Dictyostelid multicellularity from an Amoebozoan stress response.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDictyostelium discoideum Protocols
EditorsLudwig Eichinger, Francisco Rivero
Place of PublicationNew Jersey
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781627033022
ISBN (Print)9781627033015
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
ISSN (Print)1064-3745
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6029


  • Amoebozoa/classification
  • Biological Evolution
  • Cyclic AMP/metabolism
  • Cyclic AMP-Dependent Protein Kinases/metabolism
  • Dictyostelium/cytology
  • Morphogenesis
  • Phylogeny
  • Protozoan Proteins/metabolism
  • Signal Transduction
  • Spores, Protozoan/cytology


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