'Why genes in pieces?'-revisited

Ben Smithers, Matt Oates, Julian Gough

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The alignment between the boundaries of protein domains and the boundaries of exons could provide evidence for the evolution of proteins via domain shuffling, but literature in the field has so far struggled to conclusively show this. Here, on larger data sets than previously possible, we do finally show that this phenomenon is indisputably found widely across the eukaryotic tree. In contrast, the alignment between exons and the boundaries of intrinsically disordered regions of proteins is not a general property of eukaryotes. Most interesting of all is the discovery that domain-exon alignment is much more common in recently evolved protein sequences than older ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4970-4973
Number of pages4
JournalNucleic Acids Research
Issue number10
Early online date18 Apr 2019
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jun 2019


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