Crypton transposons: identification of new diverse families and ancient domestication events

@article{Kojima2011CryptonTI,
  title={Crypton transposons: identification of new diverse families and ancient domestication events},
  author={Kenji K Kojima and Jerzy Jurka},
  journal={Mobile DNA},
  year={2011},
  volume={2},
  pages={12 - 12}
}
Background"Domestication" of transposable elements (TEs) led to evolutionary breakthroughs such as the origin of telomerase and the vertebrate adaptive immune system. These breakthroughs were accomplished by the adaptation of molecular functions essential for TEs, such as reverse transcription, DNA cutting and ligation or DNA binding. Cryptons represent a unique class of DNA transposons using tyrosine recombinase (YR) to cut and rejoin the recombining DNA molecules. Cryptons were originally… Expand
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