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Contemporary Issues in Genetics and Evolution

Evolution and Impact of Transposable Elements

Editors: Capy, Pierre (Ed.)

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During the last 50 years, the perception oftransposable elements (TEs) has changed considerably from selfish DNA to sequences that may contribute significantly to genome function and evolution. The recent increased interest in TEs is based on the realization that they are a major genetic component (at least 10--20%) of all organisms and a major contributor to the mutation process. It is currently estimated that 70--80% of spontaneous mutations are the result of TE-mediated insertions, deletions, or chromosomal rearrangements. Thus, it seems at least plausible that TEs may playa significant role in the adaptation and evolution of natural populations and species. The ubiquity of TEs suggests that they are an old component of genomes which have been vertically transmitted through generations over evolutionary time. However, detailed analyses carried out over the last 20 years have revealed several unusual features of TE evolution: (i) TEs can be horizontally transferred between species; (ii) TE evolutionary rates can be dramatically increased by specific inactivation processes, such as the RIP (Repeat Induced Point mutation) mechanism in fungi; (iii) TEs can influence the regulation of other TEs by insertion or deletion; (iv) different classes of TEs in even distantly related species can be remarkably similar in both structure and function.

Table of contents (29 chapters)

Table of contents (29 chapters)
  • LTR retrotransposons and the evolution of eukaryotic enhancers

    Pages 3-13

    McDonald, John F. (et al.)

  • What makes Grande1 retrotransposon different?

    Pages 15-28

    Martínez-Izquierdo, José A. (et al.)

  • About the origin of retroviruses and the co-evolution of the gypsy retrovirus with the Drosophila flamenco host gene

    Pages 29-37

    Pélisson, A. (et al.)

  • Structural analysis of Drosophila subobscura gypsy elements (gypsyDs)

    Pages 39-48

    Alberola, T. M. (et al.)

  • Evolution of R1 and R2 in the rDNA units of the genus Drosophila

    Pages 49-61

    Eickbush, Thomas H. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Evolution and Impact of Transposable Elements
Editors
  • Pierre Capy
Series Title
Contemporary Issues in Genetics and Evolution
Series Volume
6
Copyright
1997
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-4898-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-4898-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-4690-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-6054-7
Series ISSN
0929-712X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 309
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