Heterogeneity of genomes: Measures and values

S. Karlin, I. Ladunga, B. E. Blaisdell

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Genomic homogeneity is investigated for a broad base of DNA sequences in terms of dinucleotide relative abundance distances (abbreviated δ-distances) and of oligonucleotide compositional extremes. It is shown that δ-distances between different genomic sequences in the same species are low, only about 2 or 3 times the distance found in random DNA, and are generally smaller than the between-species δ-distances. Extremes in short oligonucleotides include underrepresentation of TpA and overrepresentation of GpC in most temperate bacteriophage sequences; underrepresentation of CTAG in most eubacterial genomes; underrepresentation of GATC in most bacteriophage; CpG suppression in vertebrates, in all animal mitochondrial genomes, and in many thermophilic bacterial sequences; and overrepresentation of GpG/CpC in all animal mitochondrial sets and chloroplast genomes. Interpretations center on DNA structures (dinucleotide stacking energies, DNA curvature and superhelicity, nucleosome organization), context-dependent mutational events, methylation effects, and processes of replication and repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12837-12841
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume91
Issue number26
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 20 1994

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Genome
Oligonucleotides
Bacteriophages
DNA
Chloroplast Genome
Nucleosomes
Methylation
Vertebrates
cytidylyl-(3'-5')-cytidine
guanylyl-(3'-5')-guanosine

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Heterogeneity of genomes : Measures and values. / Karlin, S.; Ladunga, I.; Blaisdell, B. E.

In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 91, No. 26, 20.12.1994, p. 12837-12841.

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Karlin, S. ; Ladunga, I. ; Blaisdell, B. E. / Heterogeneity of genomes : Measures and values. In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 1994 ; Vol. 91, No. 26. pp. 12837-12841.
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