Dynamic evolution of euchromatic satellites on the X chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster and the simulans clade

J.S. Sproul, D.E. Khost, D.G. Eickbush, S. Negm, X. Wei, I. Wong & A.M. Larracuente
ABSTRACTSatellite DNAs (satDNAs) are among the most dynamically evolving components of eukaryotic genomes and play important roles in genome regulation, genome evolution, and speciation. Despite their abundance and functional impact, we know little about the evolutionary dynamics and molecular mechanisms that shape satDNA distributions in genomes. Here we use high-quality genome assemblies to study evolutionary dynamics of two complex satDNAs, Rsp-like and 1.688 gm/cm3, in Drosophila melanogaster and its three nearest relatives in the simulans...
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