Transposable Elements Contribute to Activation of Maize Genes in Response to Abiotic Stress

@inproceedings{Makarevitch2015TransposableEC,
  title={Transposable Elements Contribute to Activation of Maize Genes in Response to Abiotic Stress},
  author={Irina Makarevitch and Amanda J. Waters and Patrick T West and Michelle C Stitzer and Candice N Hirsch and Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra and Nathan M Springer},
  booktitle={PLoS genetics},
  year={2015}
}
Transposable elements (TEs) account for a large portion of the genome in many eukaryotic species. Despite their reputation as "junk" DNA or genomic parasites deleterious for the host, TEs have complex interactions with host genes and the potential to contribute to regulatory variation in gene expression. It has been hypothesized that TEs and genes they insert near may be transcriptionally activated in response to stress conditions. The maize genome, with many different types of TEs interspersed… CONTINUE READING
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