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transposons

Discrete mobile sequences in the genome that can transport themselves directly from one part of the genome to another without the use of a vehicle such as a phage or plasmid DNA. They are able to move by making DNA copies of their RNA transcripts which are then incorporated into the genome at a new site. Sometimes called ‘jumping genes’.
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The team has incorporated the PiggyBac system into the mouse genome, where the transposons can jump from gene to gene, from chromosome to chromosome, disrupting or altering the activity of the genes where they land.
Their study indicated transposons are jumping in tumours and are generating a new kind of genomic instability.
Transposons are a source of diversity within a species' gene pool, with implications on many levels.
Joost continued: "This transposon is quite active and almost completely "turns off" the Zfp69 gene.
First discovered in maize and now observed in most genomes, these mobile stretches of DNA encode an enzyme, called a transposase, that snips DNA at the beginning and end of the transposon. The excised transposon is then free to move to another spot on a chromosome and insert itself there with the help of the transposase.
In addition, transposon insertion into the genome could play a role in the development of cancer.
DNA transposons include P element of Drosophila, and Tc1 element of Caenorhabditis elegans and corn AC/DC elements.
The high abundance of jumping genes implies that organisms have survived millions, if not billions, of transposon invasions.
Mira (2008) clarified that the DNA transfer between some oral bacteria genera was happen conjugative transposons also t Analysis of the genomes of some oral isolates improved that past horizontal gene transfer happened in about 5% and 45% of genes in different species.
When bacteria develop drug resistance through the acquisition of foreign genes, the resistance gene may be located in the bacterial genome, or in a plasmid, transposon, or integron; hence, resistance genes can be spread via plasmids, transposons and integrons among the various carriers, making bacterial drug-resistance patterns more complex and diverse.
[USA], July 30 (ANI): Turns out, almost half of our DNA sequences are made up of jumping genes, which are also known as transposons.
(4) Several exchangeable genetic elements such as plasmids, transposons, and integrons are the most important genetic elements responsible for the transmission of antibiotic resistance genes in different gram-negative bacteria.