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Proteome nameDictyostelium discoideum - Reference proteome
Proteome IDiUP000002195
Taxonomy44689 - Dictyostelium discoideum
Last modifiedJanuary 5, 2018
Genome assembly and annotationi GCA_000004695.1 from ENA/EMBL

Dictyostelium discoideum, commonly known as slime mold, is a species of soil-living amoeba. It has the remarkable ability to switch from a solitary to a multicellular form. Under certain conditions, such as starvation, individuals aggregate and differentiate to generate a spore-releasing fruiting body. Since it is relatively easy to cultivate and manipulate in the laboratory, D. discoideum is a popular eukaryote model organism for researchers studying basic cellular processes such as chemotaxis, phagocytosis, apoptosis, signal transduction and cell differentiation.

The genome was sequenced in 2005, has a size of 34 Mb, and contains approximately 12,500 protein-coding genes. It has an unusually high repeat number and is also AT-rich (approximately 78%), making sequencing and assembly particularly challenging.


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Component nameGenome Accession(s)
Chromosome 11893
Chromosome 22957
Chromosome 32427
Chromosome 42074
Chromosome 51921
Chromosome 61354
Unassembled WGS sequence4193


  1. "The genome of the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum."
    Eichinger L., Pachebat J.A., Gloeckner G., Rajandream M.A., Sucgang R., Berriman M., Song J., Olsen R., Szafranski K., Xu Q., Tunggal B., Kummerfeld S., Madera M., Konfortov B.A., Rivero F., Bankier A.T., Lehmann R., Hamlin N.
    , Davies R., Gaudet P., Fey P., Pilcher K., Chen G., Saunders D., Sodergren E.J., Davis P., Kerhornou A., Nie X., Hall N., Anjard C., Hemphill L., Bason N., Farbrother P., Desany B., Just E., Morio T., Rost R., Churcher C.M., Cooper J., Haydock S., van Driessche N., Cronin A., Goodhead I., Muzny D.M., Mourier T., Pain A., Lu M., Harper D., Lindsay R., Hauser H., James K.D., Quiles M., Madan Babu M., Saito T., Buchrieser C., Wardroper A., Felder M., Thangavelu M., Johnson D., Knights A., Loulseged H., Mungall K.L., Oliver K., Price C., Quail M.A., Urushihara H., Hernandez J., Rabbinowitsch E., Steffen D., Sanders M., Ma J., Kohara Y., Sharp S., Simmonds M.N., Spiegler S., Tivey A., Sugano S., White B., Walker D., Woodward J.R., Winckler T., Tanaka Y., Shaulsky G., Schleicher M., Weinstock G.M., Rosenthal A., Cox E.C., Chisholm R.L., Gibbs R.A., Loomis W.F., Platzer M., Kay R.R., Williams J.G., Dear P.H., Noegel A.A., Barrell B.G., Kuspa A.
    Nature 2005:43-57(2005) [PubMed] [Europe PMC] [Abstract]
  2. "The mitochondrial DNA of Dictyostelium discoideum: complete sequence, gene content and genome organization."
    Ogawa S., Yoshino R., Angata K., Iwamoto M., Pi M., Kuroe K., Matsuo K., Morio T., Urushihara H., Yanagisawa K., Tanaka Y.
    Mol. Gen. Genet. 2000:514-519(2000) [PubMed] [Europe PMC] [Abstract]