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Title

Functional analysis of a natural mutational hotspot in the proximal promoter of a stress-response gene in Drosophila melanogaster

AuthorsMerenciano, Miriam; Ullastres, Ana ; González Pérez, Josefa
Issue DateJul-2016
CitationAnnual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (2016)
AbstractMutational hotspots are common in disease genes and in complex genomic regions not amenable to sequencing by short reads technologies. However, it is still not clear what makes a particular genomic region more prone to mutations and whether the different mutations located in a hotspot are functionally equivalent. In this work, we have discovered and characterized in detail an insertional hotspot in the promoter region of a stress-response gene in the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster. The nine transposable elements insertions described are clustered in a small 368 bp region and all belong to the same family of transposable elements: the roo family. Although the sequences of these insertions are highly similar, their molecular and functional consequences are different: only FBti0019985 insertion is associated with increased resistance to cold-stress. Interestingly, the previously described insertional hotspot in the D. melanogaster genome was also located in the promoter of a stress response gene suggesting that selection may favour the maintenance of genetic variability in these genes.
DescriptionTrabajo presentado en la Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE 2016), celebrada en Gold Coast (Queensland, Australia) del 3 al 7 de julio de 2016.
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/153683
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