Author(s): Richard GF, Pques F
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Abstract It is widely accepted that the large trinucleotide repeat expansions observed in many neurological diseases occur during replication. However, genetic recombination has emerged as a major source of instability for tandem repeats, including minisatellites, and recent studies raise the possibility that it may also be responsible for trinucleotide repeat expansions. We will review data connecting tandem repeat rearrangements and recombination in humans and in eukaryotic model organisms, and discuss the possible role of recombination in trinucleotide repeat expansions in human neurological disorders.
This article was published in EMBO Rep
and referenced in Journal of Computer Science & Systems Biology