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Journal of Molecular Evolution

, Volume 48, Issue 6, pp 712–716 | Cite as

Compositional Correlation Between Open Reading Frames with Opposite Transcriptional Orientations in Escherichia coli

  • Antonio  Marín
  • Gabriel  Gutiérrez
  • José L.  Oliver
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Abstract.

This paper analyzes correlations in base composition between pairs of neighboring genes in Escherichia coli. The G + C contents of nearby, but convergently or divergently transcribed, genes show weak but significant correlations, and this is attributed to compositional variation among genomic regions. The finding that the base composition varies among intergenic regions, depending upon whether the adjacent genes are transcribed convergently, divergently, or in the same orientation, seems to indicate that transcription affects the patterns of mutation and, therefore, the overall base composition of the region.

Key words:Escherichia coli— G + C content — Intergenic DNA — Transcription-induced mutation 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio  Marín
    • 1
  • Gabriel  Gutiérrez
    • 1
  • José L.  Oliver
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Genética, Universidad de Sevilla, Apartado 1095, E-41080 Sevilla, SpainES
  2. 2.Departamento de Genética, Universidad de Granada, Campus de Fuentenueva, E-18071 Granada, SpainES

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