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Concerted evolution of light satellite DNA in genus Mus implies amplification and homogenization of large blocks of repeats.

Dod B, et al. Mol Biol Evol. 1989.

Abstract

Light satellite DNA components present in species belonging to the genus Mus and to related murids were studied using the Southern blot technique. The results show species variations in both the amount and periodic structure of the repeating units, which suggests that families of related higher-order repeats developed in a common ancestor and were then amplified and/or deleted to different extents during the subsequent evolutionary period. Although the patterns generated by a series of type B enzymes (restriction enzymes that possess sites in a limited number of segments making up the total satellite DNA) in the species closely related to the M. musculus complex were very similar, sequence analysis of cloned unit repeats in two of these species (M. musculus domesticus and M. spretoides) showed near fixation of species-diagnostic variant nucleotides. This suggests that the important amplification and homogenization events that occurred after the divergence of M. spretus must have involved large blocks of sequences.

PMID

2552252 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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