Horizontal Transfer of Non-LTR Retrotransposons

Share this:
Cite this:

Novikova, Olga; Fet, Victor; Blinov, Alexander (2012): Horizontal Transfer of Non-LTR Retrotransposons. figshare.

Retrieved 22:35, Nov 25, 2015 (GMT)


Horizontal transfer is a complex phenomenon usually used as explanation of phylogenetic inconsistence which can not be interpreted in terms of vertical evolution. Most examples of horizontal transfer of eukaryotic genes involve transposable elements. An intriguing feature of horizontal transfer is that its frequency differs among transposable elements classes. Although horizontal transfer is well known for DNA transposons and LTR retrotransposons, majority of previously described cases of horizontal transfer for non-LTR retrotransposons were dismissed based on the analysis of non-LTR retrotransposon sequence change rates. Nevertheless, recent findings suggest that non-LTR retrotransposons can be horizontally transmitted. Thus, one cannot completely exclude the possibility of horizontal transfer for this group of transposable elements. We review the occurrence of horizontal transfer of non-LTR retrotransposons and examine the criteria used to infer such transfers.

Comments (0)

You must be logged in to post comments.

Cite "Filename"

Place your mouse over the citation text to select it

Embed "Horizontal Transfer of Non-LTR Retrotransposons"

Place your mouse over the embed code to select and copy it

Claim article

You claim request was sent. I will be handled in the next 24 hours.

Close window


We appreciate all your comments, questions, suggestions or gratitude.


The username or password entered are wrong.

Reset password

Your password will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

Create account

I agree to the Terms & Conditions *