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Genomics

Comparative genomic analysis of genes encoding translation elongation factor 1B(alpha) in human and mouse shows EEF1B1 to be a recent retrotransposition event.


PMID 11597139

Abstract

We have characterized genomic loci encoding translation elongation factor 1B(alpha) (eEF1B(alpha)) in mice and humans. Mice have a single structural locus (named Eef1b2) spanning six exons, which is ubiquitously expressed and maps close to Casp8 on mouse chromosome 1, and a processed pseudogene. Humans have a single intron-containing locus, EEF1B2, which maps to 2q33, and an intronless paralogue expressed only in brain and muscle (EEF1B3). Another locus described previously, EEF1B1, is actually a processed pseudogene on chromosome 15 corresponding to an alternative splice form of EEF1B2. Our study illustrates the value of comparative mapping in distinguishing between processed pseudogenes and intronless paralogues.