Endogenous florendoviruses are major components of plant genomes and hallmarks of virus evolution

Geering, Andrew D. W., Maumus, Florian, Copetti, Dario, Choisne, Nathalie, Zwickl, Derrick J., Zytnicki, Matthias, McTaggart, Alistair R., Scalabrin, Simone, Vezzulli, Silvia, Wing, Rod A., Quesneville, Hadi and Teycheney, Pierre-Yves (2014) Endogenous florendoviruses are major components of plant genomes and hallmarks of virus evolution. Nature Communications, 5 5269.1-5269.11. doi:10.1038/ncomms6269

Author Geering, Andrew D. W.
Maumus, Florian
Copetti, Dario
Choisne, Nathalie
Zwickl, Derrick J.
Zytnicki, Matthias
McTaggart, Alistair R.
Scalabrin, Simone
Vezzulli, Silvia
Wing, Rod A.
Quesneville, Hadi
Teycheney, Pierre-Yves
Title Endogenous florendoviruses are major components of plant genomes and hallmarks of virus evolution
Journal name Nature Communications   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2041-1723
Publication date 2014-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1038/ncomms6269
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Start page 5269.1
End page 5269.11
Total pages 11
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The extent and importance of endogenous viral elements have been extensively described in animals but are much less well understood in plants. Here we describe a new genus of Caulimoviridae called ‘Florendovirus’, members of which have colonized the genomes of a large diversity of flowering plants, sometimes at very high copy numbers (40.5% total genome content). The genome invasion of Oryza is dated to over 1.8 million years ago (MYA) but phylogeographic evidence points to an even older age of 20–34 MYA for this virus group. Some appear to have had a bipartite genome organization, a unique characteristic among viral retroelements. In Vitis vinifera, 9% of the endogenous florendovirus loci are located within introns and therefore may influence host gene expression. The frequent colocation of endogenous florendovirus loci with TA simple sequence repeats, which are associated with chromosome fragility, suggests sequence capture during repair of double-stranded DNA breaks.
Keyword Horizontal Gene-Transfer
Transposable Elements
Divergence Times
Mixed Models
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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