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Mobile DNA

Featured article - The dynamic intein landscape of eukaryotes

Analysis of the intein landscape in eukaryotes reveals movement of these mobile elements across different genome types, and the many evolutionary forces that have contributed to its current state.


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Review collection
All Reviews
Repository for all published Review articles. Contributions from some of the leading researchers working with mobile DNA.

Article collection
Mobile DNA Tools
Repository for all published articles on softwares, databases, and methodologies.


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

Editors' picks

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

LINE-1 protein localization and functional dynamics during the cell cycle.[Elife. 2018]

Dissection of affinity captured LINE-1 macromolecular complexes. [Elife. 2018]

Human transposable elements in Repbase: genomic footprints from fish to humans. [Mob DNA. 2018

Long interspersed nuclear element-1 expression and retrotransposition in prostate cancer cells. [Mob DNA. 2018]

Interplay between RNASEH2 and MOV10 controls LINE-1 retrotransposition. [Nucleic Acids Res. 2018]

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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.

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. 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.

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Keystone Symposia Conference 2018

Keystone Symposia will be holding its second conference on “Mobile Genetic Elements and Genome Plasticity” next February 11-15, 2018 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Transposable elements are potent sources of genetic variation that also regulate the expression of large gene networks and are increasingly recognized to play a role in diseases such as cancer and neurodegeneration. Abstracts submitted by the November 14, 2017 abstract deadline will be considered for short talks on the conference program in both plenary sessions and workshops.


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