Reference: Gargouri A (2005) The reverse transcriptase encoded by ai1 intron is active in trans in the retro-deletion of yeast mitochondrial introns. FEMS Yeast Res 5(9):813-22

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Genomic mitochondrial intron deletion occurs frequently during the reversion of mitochondrial intronic mutations in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The multiplicity as well as the apparent polarity of intron deletion led us to propose the implication of reverse transcription in this process. The two first introns of the COX1 (cytochrome oxidase I) gene, ai1 and ai2, are known to be homologous to viral reverse transcriptase and to encode such activity. We have tested the involvement of these introns in the deletion process by constructing three isogenic strains. They contain the same reporter mutation in the second intron of the CYTb (cytochrome b) gene but differ from each other by the presence or the absence of the ai1 and/or ai2 introns in the other gene encoding the COX1 subunit. Only the strain lacking ai1 and ai2 introns is no more able to revert by intron deletion. The strain retaining only the ai1 intron was able to revert by intron deletion. We conclude that the reverse transcriptase activity, even when encoded by only ai1 intron, can act in trans in the intron deletion process, during the reversion of intronic mutations.

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