The Contribution of Transposable Elements to Human Proteins
Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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Volff, J.-N. 2008. The Contribution of Transposable Elements to Human Proteins. eLS. .
- Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
The human genome contains hundreds of genes with protein-coding exons and even complete open reading frames derived from transposable elements. These genes are involved in major biological processes such as immunity, replication, reproduction, cell proliferation and apoptosis. This demonstrates the importance of transposable elements as a genomic pool of coding sequences for the creation and evolution of gene functions.
- transposable elements;
- human genome;
- molecular domestication;