The splicing of transposable elements and its role in intron evolution

M. Purugganan, S. Wessler

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Recent studies have demonstrated that transposable elements in maize and Drosophila are spliced from pre-mRNA. These transposable element introns represent the first examples of recent addition of introns into nuclear genes. The eight reported examples of transposable element splicing include members of the maize Ac/Ds and Spm/dSpm and the Drosophila P and 412 element families. The details of the splicing of these transposable elements and their relevance to models of intron origin are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-303
Number of pages9
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jan 1992


  • Transposable elements
  • intron evolution
  • splicing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Science
  • Insect Science


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