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Mol Cell. 2013 Jul 11;51(1):116-27. doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2013.05.018. Epub 2013 Jun 20.

Extensive rewiring and complex evolutionary dynamics in a C. elegans multiparameter transcription factor network.

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University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA 01605, USA.

Abstract

Gene duplication results in two identical paralogs that diverge through mutation, leading to loss or gain of interactions with other biomolecules. Here, we comprehensively characterize such network rewiring for C. elegans transcription factors (TFs) within and across four newly delineated molecular networks. Remarkably, we find that even highly similar TFs often have different interaction degrees and partners. In addition, we find that most TF families have a member that is highly connected in multiple networks. Further, different TF families have opposing correlations between network connectivity and phylogenetic age, suggesting that they are subject to different evolutionary pressures. Finally, TFs that have similar partners in one network generally do not in another, indicating a lack of pressure to retain cross-network similarity. Our multiparameter analyses provide unique insights into the evolutionary dynamics that shaped TF networks.

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23791784
PMCID:
PMC3794439
DOI:
10.1016/j.molcel.2013.05.018
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