Scientific article

The rise of operon-like gene clusters in plants

Published inTrends in plant science, vol. 19, no. 7, p. 447-459
Publication date2014

Gene clusters are common features of prokaryotic genomes also present in eukaryotes. Most clustered genes known are involved in the biosynthesis of secondary metabolites. Although horizontal gene transfer is a primary source of prokaryotic gene cluster (operon) formation and has been reported to occur in eukaryotes, the predominant source of cluster formation in eukaryotes appears to arise de novo or through gene duplication followed by neo- and sub-functionalization or translocation. Here we aim to provide an overview of the current knowledge and open questions related to plant gene cluster functioning, assembly, and regulation. We also present potential research approaches and point out the benefits of a better understanding of gene clusters in plants for both fundamental and applied plant science.

  • Biosynthetic Pathways/genetics
  • Evolution
  • Molecular
  • Gene Duplication
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Plant
  • Genome
  • Plant/genetics
  • Models
  • Genetic
  • Multigene Family/genetics
  • Operon/genetics
  • Phylogeny
  • Plants/chemistry/genetics/metabolism
  • Secondary Metabolism/genetics
  • Translocation
  • Genetic
Citation (ISO format)
BOYCHEVA, Svetlana et al. The rise of operon-like gene clusters in plants. In: Trends in plant science, 2014, vol. 19, n° 7, p. 447–459. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2014.01.013
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ISSN of the journal1360-1385

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