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Microbes Infect. 2008 May;10(6):575-81. doi: 10.1016/j.micinf.2008.02.009. Epub 2008 Feb 21.

Role of transposable elements in trypanosomatids.

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Laboratoire de Résonance Magnétique des Systèmes Biologiques, Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, UMR-5536 CNRS, 146 rue Léo Saignat, 33076 Bordeaux Cedex, France. bringaud@u-bordeaux2.fr

Abstract

Transposable elements constitute 2-5% of the genome content in trypanosomatid parasites. Some of them are involved in critical cellular functions, such as the regulation of gene expression in Leishmania spp. In this review, we highlight the remarkable role extinct transposable elements can play as the source of potential new functions.

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18467144
DOI:
10.1016/j.micinf.2008.02.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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