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The Origin and Evolution of Maternal Genes

Marco, A (2017) 'The Origin and Evolution of Maternal Genes.' In: Kloc, M, (ed.) Oocytes. Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation, 63 . Springer, 483 - 494. ISBN 978-3-319-60854-9

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Proteins and RNA molecules are deposited into the developing egg by the mother. These gene products will drive the first stages of development and are coded by maternal genes. Maternal genes are essential, yet, despite their importance, their evolutionary dynamics is largely unknown. Here I review the current knowledge of maternal gene evolution. The evolutionary origin of maternal genes tends to be more recent than that of zygotic genes. Some studies support the theoretical prediction that maternal genes evolve faster than zygotic genes. However, most studies were done on a limited set of species and genes. I also discuss the way forward to understand the evolution of maternal genes by combining high-throughput genomics and theoretical evolutionary approaches.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Maternal-effect, Evolution, Embryonic development
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 15:51
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 00:16

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