A Possible Role for Short Introns in the Acquisition of Stroma-Targeting Peptides in the Flagellate Euglena gracilis

@inproceedings{Vesteg2010APR,
  title={A Possible Role for Short Introns in the Acquisition of Stroma-Targeting Peptides in the Flagellate Euglena gracilis},
  author={Matej Vesteg and Rostislav Vacula and J{\"u}rgen M. Steiner and Bianka Mate{\'a}{\vs}ikov{\'a} and Wolfgang L{\"o}ffelhardt and Broňa Brejov{\'a} and Juraj Kraj{\vc}ovi{\vc}},
  booktitle={DNA research : an international journal for rapid publication of reports on genes and genomes},
  year={2010}
}
The chloroplasts of Euglena gracilis bounded by three membranes arose via secondary endosymbiosis of a green alga in a heterotrophic euglenozoan host. Many genes were transferred from symbiont to the host nucleus. A subset of Euglena nuclear genes of predominately symbiont, but also host, or other origin have obtained complex presequences required for chloroplast targeting. This study has revealed the presence of short introns (41-93 bp) either in the second half of presequence-encoding regions… CONTINUE READING
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