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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.

Retroviruses are characterized by their replication strategy which entails a step in which the viral genome is integrated into that of the host cell. Because of this, retroviruses uniquely straddle the world of viruses and the world of mobile genetic elements. Retroviral 'genome invasions' - in which horizontally transmitted retroviruses evolved to become vertically inherited 'endogenous retroviruses' - have occurred repeatedly during evolution, and have profoundly influenced the evolution of animal genomes.

The hundreds of thousands of endogenous retrovirus sequences scattered throughout animal genomes are a rich source of information about the history of co-evolutionary interaction between retroviruses and their hosts. These sequences allow unique insight into the biology of ancient viruses and the mechanisms through which mobile elements influence genome evolution and disease. 

All manuscripts accepted from this Call for Papers will be included in a unique online article collection, further highlighting this important topic. The article collection will also include specially commissioned Review articles related to the topic.

Manuscripts will undergo normal peer review as they are received. Manuscripts will be published online, both to the Collection and on the website of the journal to which they were submitted, as they are accepted. 

Open for submissions: May 24, 2019

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Thematic series

Endogenous Retroviruses in Evolution and Disease
Cross-journal series with Retrovirology. Edited by the Editors-in-Chief of Mobile DNA and Retrovirology.

Thematic series
Transposable Elements in Model Organisms (coming soon)
Edited by the Editors-in-Chief

Thematic series
Keystone Symposium: Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Evolution
Edited by: Henry Levin, Parmit Singh

Review series

Mobile genetic elements in biotechnology
Edited by: Henry Levin, Thomas Eickbush, Marlene Belfort, Nancy Craig, Cedric Feschotte

Review series

Mobile introns review series
Edited by: Thomas Eickbush, Marlene Belfort, Nancy Craig, Daniel Voytas

Pre-submission Inquiries

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.

Group II Intron RNPs and Reverse Transcriptases: From Retroelements to Research Tools [Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol. 2019] PubMed

A high-quality apple genome assembly reveals the association of a retrotransposon and red fruit colour [Nat Commun. 2019] PubMed

DPPA2 and DPPA4 are necessary to establish a 2C-like state in mouse embryonic stem cells [EMBO Rep. 2019] PubMed

A single-input binary counting module based on serine integrase site-specific recombination [Nucleic Acids Res. 2019] PubMed

The Landscape of L1 Retrotransposons in the Human Genome Is Shaped by Pre-insertion Sequence Biases and Post-insertion Selection [Mol Cell. 2019] PubMed

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

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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Forthcoming meetings

Royal Society's Crossroads between transposons and gene regulation - May 13-14, 2019 - London, UK
FASEB's Mobile DNA 2019: 25 Years of Discussion and Research - June 23-25, 2019 - Rancho Mirage, CA (USA)

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


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