Ref ID : 4969
Andre R.O. Cavalcanti, Diane M. Dunn, Robert Weiss, Glenn Herrick, Laura F. Landweber, and Thomas G. Doak; Sequence Features of Oxytricha trifallax (class Spirotrichea) Macronuclear Telomeric and Subtelomeric Sequences. Protist 155:311-322, 2004
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Notes : We sequenced and analyzed the subtelomeric regions of 1356 macronuclear "nanochromosomes" of the spirotrichous ciliate Oxytricha trifallax. We show that the telomeres in this species have a length of 20 nt, with minor deviations; there is no correlation between telomere lengths at the two ends of the molecule. A search for open reading frames revealed that the 3' and 5' untranslated regions are short, with a median length of ~ 130 nt, and that surprisingly there are no detectable differences between sequences upstream and downstream of genes. Our results confirm a previously reported purine bias in the first ~80 nucleotides of the subtelomeric regions, but with this larger data set we curiously detected a 10bp periodicity in the bias; we relate this finding to the possible regulatory and structural functions these regions must serve. Palindromic sequences in opposing subtelomeric regions, although present in most sequences, are not statistically significant.