The new genes of rice: A closer look

Kamel Jabbari, Stéphane Cruveiller, Oliver Clay, Jérôme Le Saux, Giorgio Bernardi

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Reports accompanying draft or finished sequences of rice chromosomes and full-length cDNA libraries indicate that between a third and half of the (largely predicted) protein-coding genes of rice might have no identifiable homologs in Arabidopsis and/or other species. The set of apparent 'no-homolog' sequences are predicted to exhibit striking compositional and structural deviations from experimentally verified protein-coding sequences. Here we discuss evolutionary and other implications of the proposed gene set and argue that a more likely answer to the riddle is that a large proportion of the anomalous rice sequences are never translated into functional proteins in vivo, that is, they represent incorrect gene predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-285
Number of pages5
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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