The compositional properties of human genes
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- Aïssani, B., D'Onofrio, G., Mouchiroud, D. et al. J Mol Evol (1991) 32: 493. doi:10.1007/BF02102651
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The present work represents the first attempt to study in greater detail previously proposed compositional correlations in genomes, based on a body of additional data relating to gene localizations as well as to extended flanking sequences extracted from gene banks. We have investigated the correlations that exist between (1) the GC levels of exons of human genes, and (2) the GC levels of either intergenic sequences or introns associated with the genes under consideration. In both cases, linear relationships with slopes close to unity were found. The similarity of the linear relationships indicates similar GC levels in intergenic sequences and introns located in the same isochores. Moreover, both intergenic sequences and introns showed GC levels 5–10% lower than the corresponding exons. The above findings considerably strengthen the previously drawn conclusion that coding and noncoding sequences (both inter- and intragenic) from the same isochores of the human genome are compositionally correlated. In addition, we find linear correlations between the GC levels of codon positions and of the intergenic sequences or introns associated with the corresponding genes, as well as among the GC levels of codon positions of genes.