Divergence of imprinted genes during mammalian evolution

  title={Divergence of imprinted genes during mammalian evolution},
  author={Barbara Hutter and Matthias Bieg and Volkhard Helms and Martina Paulsen},
  booktitle={BMC Evolutionary Biology},
In contrast to the majority of mammalian genes, imprinted genes are monoallelically expressed with the choice of the active allele depending on its parental origin. Due to their special inheritance patterns, maternally and paternally expressed genes might be under different evolutionary pressure. Here, we aimed at assessing the evolutionary history of imprinted genes. In this study, we investigated the conservation of imprinted genes in vertebrate genomes and their exposition to natural… CONTINUE READING
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