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Coming of age: orphan genes in plants
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Arendsee، نويسنده , , Zebulun W. and Li، نويسنده , , Ling and Wurtele، نويسنده , , Eve Syrkin، نويسنده ,
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Sizable minorities of protein-coding genes from every sequenced eukaryotic and prokaryotic genome are unique to the species. These so-called ‘orphan genes’ may evolve de novo from non-coding sequence or be derived from older coding material. They are often associated with environmental stress responses and species-specific traits or regulatory patterns. However, difficulties in studying genes where comparative analysis is impossible, and a bias towards broadly conserved genes, have resulted in underappreciation of their importance. We review here the identification, possible origins, evolutionary trends, and functions of orphans with an emphasis on their role in plant biology. We exemplify several evolutionary trends with an analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana and present QQS as a model orphan gene.
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orphan , Arabidopsis , Cysteine-rich secretory proteins , phylostratigraphy , QQS
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Astroparticle Physics
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