Microsatellites: genomic distribution, putative functions and mutational mechanisms: a review

@article{Li2002MicrosatellitesGD,
  title={Microsatellites: genomic distribution, putative functions and mutational mechanisms: a review},
  author={You-Chun Li and Abraham B. Korol and Tzion Fahima and Avigdor Beiles and Eviatar Nevo},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
  year={2002},
  volume={11}
}
Microsatellites, or tandem simple sequence repeats (SSR), are abundant across genomes and show high levels of polymorphism. SSR genetic and evolutionary mechanisms remain controversial. Here we attempt to summarize the available data related to SSR distribution in coding and noncoding regions of genomes and SSR functional importance. Numerous lines of evidence demonstrate that SSR genomic distribution is nonrandom. Random expansions or contractions appear to be selected against for at least… 
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