beta, a novel repetitive DNA element associated with tRNA genes in the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans

Perreau, Victoria M. and Santos, Manuel and Tuite, Mick F. (1997) beta, a novel repetitive DNA element associated with tRNA genes in the pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. Molecular Microbiology, 25 (2). pp. 229-236. ISSN 0950-382X. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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We have identified a novel 399 bp repetitive DNA element (which we designate beta) 9 bp upstream of a seryl-tRNA(CAG) gene in the genome of Candida albicans. There are two copies of the seryl-tRNA(CAG) gene, one on each homologue of chromosome VI, and the beta element is found upstream of one copy of the gene in C. albicans strain 2005E. The beta element is not present upstream of either copy of the seryl-tRNA(CAG) gene in eight other laboratory strains of C. albicans tested, but was detected in this location in several fresh clinical isolates. Southern blot analysis indicated that there are approximately eight copies of the beta element per diploid C. albicans genome and that it is a mobile element, being present on at least two different chromosomes. Three unique genomic DNA clones containing the beta element were isolated from strain 2005E; in each case, a different tRNA gene was found immediately adjacent to the beta element. Three new tRNA genes from C. albicans have thus been identified: tRNA(Asp), tRNA(Ala) and tRNA(Ile). The beta element shows no significant sequence homology to other known prokaryotic or eukaryotic repetitive elements, although an 8 bp repeat at the 3' end of the element is identical to that of the Ty3 retrotransposable element of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We propose that the beta element is a solo long terminal repeat (LTR) sequence of a Ty3/gypsy-like transposable element in C. albicans that is closely associated with tRNA genes.

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Subjects: Q Science
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Biosciences
Depositing User: M.A. Ziai
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2009 10:03
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