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Special Issue "Transposable Elements and Phenotypic Variation in Plants"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Plant Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andrea Cavallini

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, University of Pisa, Via del Borghetto 80, I-56124 Pisa, Italy
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Interests: plant structural and functional genomics; plant breeding, genome structure and evolution; genome sequencing; repetitive DNA; transposable elements; stress tolerance in plants
Guest Editor
Dr. Flavia Mascagni

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy
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Interests: plant structural and functional genomics, bioinformatics, genome structure and evolution, genome sequencing, repetitive DNA, transposable elements
Guest Editor
Dr. Alexandros Bousios

School of Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
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Interests: plant genome evolution; transposable elements; epigenetics; bioinformatics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Lucia Natali

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, University of Pisa, Italy
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Interests: plant structural and functional genomics; stress tolerance in plants; genome structure and evolution; transposable elements; repetitive DNA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile DNA sequences that are able to change their chromosomal location. These sequences, which are present in the nuclear genomes of all eukaryotes, were first isolated in consequence of the polymorphisms they induced in hosts. The huge abundance of TEs in plant genomes necessarily results in their interaction with genes over long evolutionary scales. The mutagenic action of TEs creates substantial genetic variability. The proliferation of TEs introduces novel functions via fine-tuning gene activity, contributing, through epigenetic regulation, to the organization of the genome or, after the elements become transcriptionally inactive, introducing a structural variation in insertion sites. Transposition-related changes rarely offer an immediate fitness benefit to their host; rather, they produce neutral mutations that become fixed in the population because of genetic drift. However, in some cases TE activity can result in phenotypic variations.

In this Special Issue, the contributing authors explore these subjects from a range of perspectives, especially focusing on the potential role of TEs in adaptive evolution and on their impact on gene expression both at locus or genome level, with a look to the effect of transposition in determining changes in phenotypic traits.

Dr. Flavia Mascagni
Dr. Alexandros Bousios
Prof. Dr. Andrea Cavallini
Prof. Dr. Lucia Natali
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Transposable elements
  • Plant mobile elements
  • Retrotransposons
  • Transposon-related structural variations
  • Transposon-related phenotypic variations
  • Transposon activation
  • Transposon silencing
  • Transposon structure
  • Transposon dynamics
  • Transposon evolution

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