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J Biomol Struct Dyn. 1986 Dec;4(3):391-400.

Intervening sequences exhibit distinct vocabulary.

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Department of Plant Genetics and Breeding, Agricultural Research Organization, Bet Dagan, Israel.

Abstract

Little is known about the origin and function of eukaryotic introns. Application of a novel linguistic approach to the analysis of intervening sequences reveals, however, that they exhibit a specific non-random vocabulary whose major feature is the utilization of mirror-symmetrical words ("mirrorrim"). Introns also manifest a significant tendency to avoid local complementarities. Possible biological implications of the corresponding loop regions in the RNA transcripts are discussed.

PMID:
2482751
DOI:
10.1080/07391102.1986.10506357
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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