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Plant Mol Biol. 1994 May;25(2):137-40.

Capturing of host DNA by a plant retroelement: Bs1 encodes plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase domains.

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Department of Plant Biology, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Abstract

The recently identified maize retroelement Bs1 encodes domains of the plasma membrane H(+)-ATPase. This is the first example of host DNA captured by a plant retroelement and resembles the acquisition of oncogenes by vertebrate retroviruses. The ability to capture sequences from its host provides plant retroelements with a mechanism to alter gene structure which could be important for evolutionary adaptive change.

PMID:
8018864
DOI:
10.1007/bf00023232
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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