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Article Dans Une Revue Molecular Biology and Evolution Année : 1988

Avoidance of base runs in switch regions of immune-system genes.

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Mouse immunoglobulin (Ig) switch-region sequences are anti-“runny”; that is, they have a smaller amount of their total bases in homonucleotide tracts (“runs”) than would be expected if each nucleotide in the sequence were a random selection from a pool of the composition of the region. The switch sequences involve the first intron of rearranged Ig heavy-chain genes; this intron differs strikingly from the succeeding ones, which are “runny” (have more bases than expected in runs). Switch regions are the only category of sequences so far found to be antirunny by statistical test. This sequence characteristic is related to the presence in switch sequences of repeating heteronucleotides. We suggest that the resulting base dispersion and in- creased complexity favor more specific interactions between sequences, which may be advantageous in recombinational processes such as switching and translocation.
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Pascale Perrin, Richard Grantham. Avoidance of base runs in switch regions of immune-system genes.. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 1988, 5 (2), pp.141-153. ⟨10.1093/oxfordjournals.molbev.a040482⟩. ⟨hal-02997217⟩
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