Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
|Title:||The role of host factors in the population dynamics of selfish transposable elements.|
|Citation:||J THEOR BIOL, 1997, 187 (2), pp. 261-271|
|Abstract:||Previous models of the evolution of selfish transposable genetic elements have failed to include the possibility that transposition may be limited by shortage of a host-encoded factor. The titration of host factors may be important in limiting the rate of transpositional increase in these elements. This will be exacerbated if multiple copies of the host factor protein must bind simultaneously to the target element. In the case of the Drosophila melanogaster P transposable element, which can exist as autonomous and as non-autonomous copies, there is evidence that a host-encoded protein, IRBP, is required for the transposition process. We have produced a specific model of the invasion of a host population by the P element, in which we have incorporated the requirement for the multiple binding of a host factor. We find that, for the P family, in which it is apparently transposition itself that creates selective harm to the host, the effect of selection in the context of host factor limitation is to drive up copy number. This can result in a novel high copy number-low transposition state. We also find that host factor limitation reinforces the tendency for transposable elements that create sterility to be replaced by their deletion derivatives.|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics|
Files in This Item:
There are no files associated with this item.
Items in LRA are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.