Author(s): Arqus DG, Michel CJ
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Abstract A statistical parameter identifies, with a high degree of significance, a motif which is present in protein-coding sequences of eukaryotes, prokaryotes, chloroplasts, mitochondria, viral introns, ribosomal RNA genes, and transfer RNA genes. The random probability of occurrence of such a situation is 10(-12). This motif has the following properties: (i) its significant presence in almost all present-day genes explains why it can be considered as primitive oligonucleotide, (ii) its nucleotide order is: YRY (N)6YRY, R being a purine base, Y a pyrimidine one and N any base, (iii) its length and its terminal trinucleotides YRY suggest a primordial function related to the spatial structure of the DNA sequences. This motif is found in some viral protein-coding genes, but not in eukaryotic introns.
This article was published in J Theor Biol
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology