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Genomics. 1991 Dec;11(4):849-56.

Sequence variation between alleles reveals two types of copy correction at the 27-kDa zein locus of maize.

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Waksman Institute, Rutgers State University of New Jersey, Piscataway 08855-0759.


In many inbred lines of maize, two 27-kDa storage protein (zein) genes are found within tandem duplications of 12 kb. Both genes of the duplicated allele from the maize inbred line A188 were sequenced and compared to a similar duplicated allele in another inbred line, W22, and to a single-copy allele in the inbred line W64A. The comparisons reveal interesting patterns in the distribution of sequence changes between these alleles. Differences between the two duplicated alleles that are conserved between the two genes of each allele are found exclusively in the 5' region. In contrast, differences between the individual genes of each allele in the 3' region are conserved between the two alleles. The first case is indicative of an intraallelic copy correction mechanism, whereas the second may result from interallelic copy correction. These may be mediated by gene conversion processes, as previously described for other multigene families.

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