Spreading of heterochromatin is limited to specific families of maize retrotransposons
Eichten, Steven R.; Ellis, Nathanael A.; Makarevitch, Irina; Yeh, Cheng-Ting; Gent, Jonathan I.; Guo, Lin; McGinnis, Karen M.; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Schnable, Patrick S.; Vaughn, Matthew W.; Dawe, R. Kelly; Springer, Nathan M.
Transposable elements (TEs) have the potential to act as controlling elements to influence the expression of genes and are often subject to heterochromatic silencing. The current paradigm suggests that heterochromatic silencing can spread beyond the borders of TEs and influence the chromatin state of neighboring low-copy sequences. This would allow TEs to condition obligatory or facilitated epialleles and act as controlling elements. The maize genome contains numerous families of class I TEs...[Show more]
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