Selective epigenetic control of retrotransposition in Arabidopsis

@article{Mirouze2009SelectiveEC,
  title={Selective epigenetic control of retrotransposition in Arabidopsis},
  author={Marie Mirouze and Jon Reinders and Etienne Bucher and Taisuke Nishimura and Korbinian Schneeberger and Stephan Ossowski and Jun Cao and Detlef Weigel and Jerzy Paszkowski and Olivier Mathieu},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2009},
  volume={461},
  pages={427-430}
}
Retrotransposons are mobile genetic elements that populate chromosomes, where the host largely controls their activities. In plants and mammals, retrotransposons are transcriptionally silenced by DNA methylation, which in Arabidopsis is propagated at CG dinucleotides by METHYLTRANSFERASE 1 (MET1). In met1 mutants, however, mobilization of retrotransposons is not observed, despite their transcriptional activation. A post-transcriptional mechanism therefore seems to be preventing… CONTINUE READING
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