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DNA Copy Number Variations as Markers of Mutagenic Impact

Department of Genetics and Cytology, Yerevan State University, Alex Manoogian 1, 0025 Yerevan, Armenia
Institute of Human Genetics, Jena University Hospital, Friedrich Schiller University, Am Klinikum 1, D-07747 Jena, Germany
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20(19), 4723;
Received: 26 August 2019 / Revised: 17 September 2019 / Accepted: 20 September 2019 / Published: 24 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chromosome and Karyotype Variation)
DNA copy number variation (CNV) occurs due to deletion or duplication of DNA segments resulting in a different number of copies of a specific DNA-stretch on homologous chromosomes. Implications of CNVs in evolution and development of different diseases have been demonstrated although contribution of environmental factors, such as mutagens, in the origin of CNVs, is poorly understood. In this review, we summarize current knowledge about mutagen-induced CNVs in human, animal and plant cells. Differences in CNV frequencies induced by radiation and chemical mutagens, distribution of CNVs in the genome, as well as adaptive effects in plants, are discussed. Currently available information concerning impact of mutagens in induction of CNVs in germ cells is presented. Moreover, the potential of CNVs as a new endpoint in mutagenicity test-systems is discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: copy number variation; human; animal and plant cells; chemical mutagens; radiation copy number variation; human; animal and plant cells; chemical mutagens; radiation
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Hovhannisyan, G.; Harutyunyan, T.; Aroutiounian, R.; Liehr, T. DNA Copy Number Variations as Markers of Mutagenic Impact. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2019, 20, 4723.

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