© 1997

Evolution and Impact of Transposable Elements

  • Editors
  • Pierre Capy

Part of the Contemporary Issues in Genetics and Evolution book series (CIGE, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Structure of transposable element

    1. John F. McDonald, Lilya V. Matyunina, Susanne Wilson, I. King Jordan, Nathan J. Bowen, Wolfgang J. Miller
      Pages 3-13
    2. José A. Martínez-Izquierdo, José García-Martínez, Carlos M. Vicient
      Pages 15-28
    3. A. Pélisson, L. Teysset, F. Chalvet, A. Kim, N. Prud’homme, C. Terzian et al.
      Pages 29-37
    4. T. M. Alberola, L. Bori, R. de Frutos
      Pages 39-48
    5. Thomas H. Eickbush, William D. Burke, Danna G. Eickbush, Warren C. Lathe III
      Pages 49-61
    6. Pierre Capy, Thierry Langin, Dominique Higuet, Patricia Maurer, Claude Bazin
      Pages 63-72
  3. Transposable elements and heterochromatin

    1. M. L. Pardue, O. N. Danilevskaya, K. L. Traverse, K. Lowenhaupt
      Pages 73-84
    2. Stéphane Ronsseray, Monique Lehmann, Danielle Nouaud, Dominique Anxolabéhère
      Pages 95-107
  4. Transposable elements and host phylogenies

    1. Josep M. Casacuberta, Samantha Vernhettes, Colette Audeon, Marie-Angèle Grandbastien
      Pages 109-117
    2. C. Torti, L. M. Gomulski, A. R. Malacrida, P. Capy, G. Gasperi
      Pages 119-129
    3. E. Baldrich, P. Dimitri, S. Desset, P. Leblanc, D. Codipietro, C. Vaury
      Pages 131-140
    4. N. Bensaadi-Merchermek, C. Cagnon, I. Desmons, J. C. Salvado, S. Karama, F. D’Amico et al.
      Pages 141-148
  5. Dynamics and regulation of transposable elements

    1. N. Gilbert, P. Arnaud, A. Lenoir, S. I. Warwick, G. Picard, J. M. Deragon
      Pages 155-160
    2. Christian Biémont, Cristina Vieira, Christine Hoogland, Géraldine Cizeron, Catherine Lœvenbruck, Claude Arnault et al.
      Pages 161-166
    3. Sergey V. Nuzhdin, Elena G. Pasyukova, Trudy F. C. Mackay
      Pages 167-175
    4. Daniel L. Hartl, Allan R. Lohe, Elena R. Lozovskaya
      Pages 177-184
    5. Andrew J. Flavell, Stephen R. Pearce, J.S. Pat Heslop-Harrison, Amar Kumar
      Pages 185-195

About this book


During the last 50 years, the perception oftransposable elements (TEs) has changed considerably from selfish DNA to sequences that may contribute significantly to genome function and evolution. The recent increased interest in TEs is based on the realization that they are a major genetic component (at least 10--20%) of all organisms and a major contributor to the mutation process. It is currently estimated that 70--80% of spontaneous mutations are the result of TE-mediated insertions, deletions, or chromosomal rearrangements. Thus, it seems at least plausible that TEs may playa significant role in the adaptation and evolution of natural populations and species. The ubiquity of TEs suggests that they are an old component of genomes which have been vertically transmitted through generations over evolutionary time. However, detailed analyses carried out over the last 20 years have revealed several unusual features of TE evolution: (i) TEs can be horizontally transferred between species; (ii) TE evolutionary rates can be dramatically increased by specific inactivation processes, such as the RIP (Repeat Induced Point mutation) mechanism in fungi; (iii) TEs can influence the regulation of other TEs by insertion or deletion; (iv) different classes of TEs in even distantly related species can be remarkably similar in both structure and function.


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