Assessing Coral Stress Responses using Molecular Biomarkers of Gene Transcription
Molecular and Cellular Biology
We present a method for detecting rapid changes in coral gene expressionat the messenger ribonucleicacid (mRNA) level. The staghorn coral Acropora cervicornisA. formosa sperm, which lacks zooxanthellae, to demonstrate that the genes coding for the mRNA transcripts produced are found within the coral genome. The gene probes developed in this study provide coral biologists with a new tool for coral assessment. Gene probes are sensitive, toxicant-specific biomarkers of coral stress responses with which gene sequence information can be obtained, providing a mechanism for identifying the stressor altering the gene expression.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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