Causes for the intriguing presence of tRNAs in phages.

  title={Causes for the intriguing presence of tRNAs in phages.},
  author={Marc Bailly-Bechet and Massimo Vergassola and Eduardo Rocha},
  journal={Genome research},
  volume={17 10},
Phages have highly compact genomes with sizes reflecting their capacity to exploit the host resources. Here, we investigate the reasons for tRNAs being the only translation-associated genes frequently found in phages. We were able to unravel the selective processes shaping the tRNA distribution in phages by analyzing their genomes and those of their hosts. We found ample evidence against tRNAs being selected to facilitate phage integration in the prokaryotic chromosomes. Conversely, there is a… CONTINUE READING

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