Inteins as indicators of gene flow in the halobacteria

  title={Inteins as indicators of gene flow in the halobacteria},
  author={Shannon M. Soucy and Matthew S. Fullmer and R. Thane Papke and Johann Peter Gogarten},
  booktitle={Front. Microbiol.},
This research uses inteins, a type of mobile genetic element, to infer patterns of gene transfer within the Halobacteria. We surveyed 118 genomes representing 26 genera of Halobacteria for intein sequences. We then used the presence-absence profile, sequence similarity and phylogenies from the inteins recovered to explore how intein distribution can provide insight on the dynamics of gene flow between closely related and divergent organisms. We identified 24 proteins in the Halobacteria that… CONTINUE READING
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