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Goldfish transposase Tgf2 presumably from recent horizontal transfer is active.
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PMID:  22441985     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Hobo/Activator/Tam3 (hAT) superfamily transposons occur in plants and animals and play a role in genomic evolution. Certain hAT transposons are active and have been developed as incisive genetic tools. Active vertebrate elements are rarely discovered; however, Tgf2 transposon was recently discovered in goldfish (Carassius auratus). Here, we found that the endogenous Tgf2 element can transpose in goldfish genome. Seven different goldfish mRNA transcripts, encoding three lengths of Tgf2 transposase, were identified. Tgf2 transposase mRNA was detected in goldfish embryos, mainly in epithelial cells; levels were high in ovaries and mature eggs and in all adult tissues tested. Endogenous Tgf2 transposase mRNA is active in mature eggs and can mediate high rates of transposition (>30%) when injected with donor plasmids harboring a Tgf2 cis-element. When donor plasmid was coinjected with capped Tgf2 transposase mRNA, the insertion rate reached >90% at 1 yr. Nonautonomous copies of the Tgf2 transposon with large-fragment deletions and low levels of point mutations were also detected in common goldfish. Phylogenetic analysis indicates the taxonomic distribution of Tgf2 in goldfish is not due to vertical inheritance. We propose that the goldfish Tgf2 transposon originated by recent horizontal transfer and maintains a highly native activity.-Jiang, X.-Y., Du, X.-D., Tian, Y.-M., Shen, R.-J., Sun, C.-F., Zou, S.-M. Goldfish transposase Tgf2 presumably from recent horizontal transfer is active.
Xia-Yun Jiang; Xue-Di Du; Yu-Mei Tian; Rui-Jie Shen; Cheng-Fei Sun; Shu-Ming Zou
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-3-21
Journal Detail:
Title:  FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1530-6860     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-3-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8804484     Medline TA:  FASEB J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Key Laboratory of Freshwater Aquatic Genetic Resources, Shanghai Ocean University, Shanghai, China.
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