Transposable elements in filamentous fungi

Daboussi, Marie-Josee and Capy, Pierre (2003) Transposable elements in filamentous fungi. Annual Revew of Microbiology, 57. pp. 275-299.

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The past 10 years have been productive in the characterization of fungal transposable elements (TEs). All eukaryotic TEs described are found including an extraordinary prevalence of active members of the pogo family. The role of TEs in mutation and genome organization is well documented, leading to significant advances in our perception of the mechanisms underlying genetic changes in these organisms. TEmediated changes, associated with transposition and recombination, provide a broad range of genetic variation, which is useful for natural populations in their adaptation to environmental constraints, especially for those lacking the sexual stage. Interestingly, some fungal species have evolved distinct silencing mechanisms that are regarded as host defense systems against TEs. The examination of forces acting on the evolutionary dynamics of TEs should provide important insights into the interactions between TEs and the fungal genome. Another issue of major significance is the practical applications of TEs in gene tagging and population analysis, which will undoubtedly facilitate research in systematic biology and functional genomics.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: Institut de Genetique et Microbiologie, Universite Paris-Sud, F-91405 Orsay cedex, France
Subjects: Soil Science and Microbiology > Microbiology
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Sandhya Gir
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2011 18:20
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2011 18:20
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