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Publication : P-element transposition in Drosophila melanogaster: influence of size and arrangement in pairs.

First Author  Delattre M Year  2000
Journal  Mol. Gen. Genet. Volume  263
Pages  445-54 PubMed ID  10821178
Abstract Text  In Drosophila melanogaster, several factors have been suggested to influence the rates of P-element transposition and excision, including position effects, size and structure of the elements and differences in transposase source. We have investigated the effect of the size of the starting P-element on the rates of excision and transposition. Four transgenes localized at the same insertion site on the X chromosome and which differ by the number of copies of an internal repeated sequence, were studied. Transgenes with sizes ranging from 11 kb to 22 kb excise at similar rates, and size does not correlate with the differences in transposition rate between them. We also studied the behavior of double P-elements, located at the same site and arranged in various configurations: nested, contiguous or separated by a few base pairs, in the same or reverse orientation. These double P-elements display different mobilities depending on the arrangement of the two transgenes. Transposition and excision rates were also studied for an insertion bearing four transgenes in very close proximity. Our results suggest that several neighboring elements could excise together. We also propose a new model to explain the formation of all the double P-elements we describe. Issue  3
Month  Apr

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