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Gypsy endogenous retrovirus maintains potential infectivity in several species of Drosophilids

Llorens, Jose V., Clark, Jonathan B., Martinez Garay, Isabel, Soriano, Sirena, de Frutos, Rosa and Martínez-Sebastián, María J. 2008. Gypsy endogenous retrovirus maintains potential infectivity in several species of Drosophilids. BMC Evolutionary Biology 8 (1) , 302. 10.1186/1471-2148-8-302

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Abstract

Background Sequences homologous to the gypsy retroelement from Drosophila melanogaster are widely distributed among drosophilids. The structure of gypsy includes an open reading frame resembling the retroviral gene env, which is responsible for the infectious properties of retroviruses. Results In this study we report molecular and phylogeny analysis of the complete env gene from ten species of the obscura group of the genus Drosophila and one species from the genus Scaptomyza. Conclusion The results indicate that in most cases env sequences could produce a functional Env protein and therefore maintain the infectious capability of gypsy in these species.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: BioMed Central
ISSN: 1471-2148
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/71773

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