Rapid evolution of a pollen-specific oleosin-like gene family from Arabidopsis thaliana and closely related species.

@article{Schein2004RapidEO,
  title={Rapid evolution of a pollen-specific oleosin-like gene family from Arabidopsis thaliana and closely related species.},
  author={Manja Schein and Ziheng Yang and Thomas Mitchell-Olds and Karl J. Schmid},
  journal={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2004},
  volume={21 4},
  pages={
          659-69
        }
}
It has been shown in a variety of species that genes expressed in reproductive tissues evolve rapidly, which often appears to be the result of positive Darwinian selection. We investigated the evolution of a family of seven pollen-specific oleosin-like proteins (or oleopollenins) in Arabidopsis thaliana and two closely related species. More than 30 kb of a genomic region that harbors the complete, tandemly repeated oleopollenin cluster were sequenced from Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata, and… CONTINUE READING
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