Blumenstiel J, Meiklejohn C. RNAi Doxxes Segregation Distorters on the X. Dev Cell. 2018;46:251-253 pubmed publisher
..RNA silencing has been proposed to play a role in this intragenomic conflict. Reporting in Developmental Cell, Lin et al. (2018) demonstrate that RNA interference is key to this conflict as a genome defender. ..
Blumenstiel J. Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in a small RNA world. Trends Genet. 2011;27:23-31 pubmed publisher
..The analysis of TE dynamics from these two perspectives promises to provide new insight into their role in evolution. ..
Groth S, Blumenstiel J. Horizontal Transfer Can Drive a Greater Transposable Element Load in Large Populations. J Hered. 2017;108:36-44 pubmed
..This work has implications for our understanding of the evolution of chromatin landscapes, genome defense by RNA silencing, and recombination rates. ..
Castillo D, Mell J, Box K, Blumenstiel J. Molecular evolution under increasing transposable element burden in Drosophila: a speed limit on the evolutionary arms race. BMC Evol Biol. 2011;11:258 pubmed publisher
..Third, we test whether increasing TE abundance is correlated with greater codon bias in genes of the piRNA machinery. This is predicted if increasing TE abundance selects for increased efficiency in the machinery of genome defense...
Blumenstiel J, Fu R, Theurkauf W, Hawley R. Components of the RNAi machinery that mediate long-distance chromosomal associations are dispensable for meiotic and early somatic homolog pairing in Drosophila melanogaster. Genetics. 2008;180:1355-65 pubmed publisher
..Thus, there appears to be at least two mechanisms that bring homologous sequences together within the nucleus: those that act between dispersed homologous sequences and those that act to align and pair homologous chromosomes. ..