Endogenous retroviruses and animal reproduction.

  title={Endogenous retroviruses and animal reproduction.},
  author={Sarah Prudhomme and Bertrand Bonnaud and François Mallet},
  journal={Cytogenetic and genome research},
  volume={110 1-4},
Endogenous retroviruses (ERV), as part of the host genetic heritage, are transmissible to the next generation in a Mendelian way. Their abundance in animal genomes and their expression primarily detected in germ cells, embryonic tissues and cancer cell lines, raised the question of their biological significance. This article reviews the possible role of ERVs in the physiology and diseases of animal reproduction, from Drosophila to human. In males, there is no trivial involvement of ERVs in a… CONTINUE READING


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