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A Human Endogenous Retrovirus Encoded Protease Potentially Cleaves Numerous Cellular Proteins

Human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs) are usually severely mutated, yet some coding-competent HERVs exist. The HERV-K(HML-2) group includes evolutionarily young proviruses that encode typical retroviral proteins. HERV-K(HML-2) has been implicated in various human diseases because transcription is often upregulated and some of its encoded proteins are known to affect cell biology. HERV-K(HML-2) Protease (Pro) has received little attention so far. In this newly published research article, the authors seek set out to identify human cellular proteins that are substrates of HERV-K(HML-2) Pro employing a modified (TAILS) procedure.

Call for Papers: Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease

The Editors of Mobile DNA and Retrovirology extend an invitation to submit original research articles related to endogenous retroviruses to their new collection: Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease.

Open for submissions: May 24, 2019

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Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease
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The Editors-in-Chief of Mobile DNA welcome authors to send any pre-submission inquiries they might have to the Editorial Email address, which can be found here by clicking on "Contact Us" (upper left side of page). We ask that you please include “Pre-submission inquiry” in the subject line of your email and that you include the title and abstract of your proposed submission within the message. Our Editors will do their best to respond to you in a timely manner.

Editors' Picks

Highlights from recent literature on mobile elements, selected by the Editors-in-Chief.

Targeted DNA transposition in vitro using a dCas9-transposase fusion protein [Nucleic Acids Res 2019] PubMed

Successful invasions of short internally deleted elements (SIDEs) and its partner CR1 in Lepidoptera insects [Genome Biol Evol 2019] PubMed

Study of VIPER and TATE in kinetoplastids and the evolution of tyrosine recombinase retrotransposons [Mob DNA 2019] PubMed

A Heterochromatin-Specific RNA Export Pathway Facilitates piRNA Production [Cell 2019] PubMed

LINE-1 Evasion of Epigenetic Repression in Humans [Molecular Cell 2019] PubMed


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Editors-in-Chief

Marlene Belfort, University at Albany
Cédric Feschotte, Cornell University
Haig Kazazian, Johns Hopkins University
Henry Levin, NIH

In 2019, we welcomed our new Associate Editors: 
Irina Arkhipova, University of Chicago, USA
Orsolya Barabas, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Germany
Gael Cristofari, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, France 
Adam Ewing, Mater Research Institute-University of Queensland, Australia
Clément Gilbert, CNRS, Université Paris Saclay, France 
Molly G Hammell, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Damon R Lisch, Purdue University, USA
Joe Peters, Cornell University, USA
Phoebe Rice, The University of Chicago, USA

Aims and scope

Mobile DNA is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles providing novel insights into DNA rearrangements in all organisms, ranging from transposition and other types of recombination mechanisms to patterns and processes of mobile element and host genome evolution. In addition, the journal will consider articles on the utility of mobile genetic elements in biotechnological methods and protocols.

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Mobile Genetic Elements Conference - August 29-31, 2019 - Woods Hole, MA (USA)

3rd International Workshop on Human Endogenous Retroviruses & Diseases - November 5-6, 2019 - Lyon, FranceNew Content Item​​​​​​​

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