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Genetic Diversification by Somatic Gene Conversion
AbstractGene conversion is a type of homologous recombination that leads to transfer of genetic information among homologous DNA sequences. It can be categorized into two classes: homogenizing and diversifying gene conversions. The former class results in neutralization and homogenization of any sequence variation among repetitive DNA sequences, and thus is important for concerted evolution. On the other hand, the latter functions to increase genetic diversity at the recombination-recipient loci. Thus, these two types of gene conversion play opposite roles in genome dynamics. Diversifying gene conversion is observed in the immunoglobulin (Ig) loci of chicken, rabbit, and other animals, and directs the diversification of Ig variable segments and acquisition of functional Ig repertoires. This type of gene conversion is initiated by the biased occurrence of recombination initiation events (e.g., DNA single- or double-strand breaks) on the recipient DNA site followed by unidirectional homologous recombination from multiple template sequences. Transcription and DNA accessibility is also important in the regulation of biased recombination initiation. In this review, we will discuss the biological significance and possible mechanisms of diversifying gene conversion in somatic cells of eukaryotes.
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Kurosawa, K.; Ohta, K. Genetic Diversification by Somatic Gene Conversion. Genes 2011, 2, 48-58.View more citation formats
Kurosawa K, Ohta K. Genetic Diversification by Somatic Gene Conversion. Genes. 2011; 2(1):48-58.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kurosawa, Kohei; Ohta, Kunihiro. 2011. "Genetic Diversification by Somatic Gene Conversion." Genes 2, no. 1: 48-58.