Affiliation: University of Kansas
- An age-of-allele test of neutrality for transposable element insertionsJustin P Blumenstiel
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66049
Genetics 196:523-38. 2014..Our work establishes a new framework for the analysis of the evolutionary forces governing large insertion mutations like TEs, gene duplications, or other copy number variants...
- Whole genome sequencing in Drosophila virilis identifies Polyphemus, a recently activated Tc1-like transposon with a possible role in hybrid dysgenesisJustin P Blumenstiel
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence KS 66049, USA
Mob DNA 5:6. 2014..To identify additional TEs that may contribute to hybrid dysgenesis in Drosophila virilis, I analyzed repeat content in genome sequences of inducer and non-inducer lines...
- Molecular evolution under increasing transposable element burden in Drosophila: a speed limit on the evolutionary arms raceDean M Castillo
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA
BMC Evol Biol 11:258. 2011..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...
- Components of the RNAi machinery that mediate long-distance chromosomal associations are dispensable for meiotic and early somatic homolog pairing in Drosophila melanogasterJustin P Blumenstiel
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Missouri 64110, USA
Genetics 180:1355-65. 2008..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...
- Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in a small RNA worldJustin P Blumenstiel
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA
Trends Genet 27:23-31. 2011..The analysis of TE dynamics from these two perspectives promises to provide new insight into their role in evolution...
- Telomeres: a new means to an endJustin Blumenstiel
University of Kansas, 2041 Haworth Hall, 1200 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA
Curr Biol 21:R32-4. 2011..A new study in Drosophila indicates that gene duplication has allowed telomere protection to be partitioned between the soma and the specialized chromatin environment of sperm...
- The formation of the central element of the synaptonemal complex may occur by multiple mechanisms: the roles of the N- and C-terminal domains of the Drosophila C(3)G protein in mediating synapsis and recombinationJennifer K Jeffress
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Genetics 177:2445-56. 2007....
- Identification of EMS-induced mutations in Drosophila melanogaster by whole-genome sequencingJustin P Blumenstiel
Department of Physiology, Kansas University Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, USA
Genetics 182:25-32. 2009..This new method of whole-genome sequencing represents great promise for mutant mapping in flies, potentially replacing conventional methods...