Origin of plant glycerol transporters by horizontal gene transfer and functional recruitment.

@article{Zardoya2002OriginOP,
  title={Origin of plant glycerol transporters by horizontal gene transfer and functional recruitment.},
  author={Rafael Zardoya and Xiaodong Ding and Yoshichika Kitagawa and Maarten John Chrispeels},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2002},
  volume={99 23},
  pages={14893-6}
}
Gene-family evolution mostly relies on gene duplication coupled with functional diversification of gene products. However, other evolutionary mechanisms may also be important in generating protein diversity. The ubiquitous membrane intrinsic protein (MIP) gene family is an excellent model system to search for such alternative evolutionary mechanisms. MIPs are proteins that transport water, glycerol, and small solutes across cell membranes in all living organisms. We reconstructed the molecular… CONTINUE READING

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