Gypsy endogenous retrovirus maintains potential infectivity in several species of Drosophilids
1 Departament de Genètica, Universitat de València, 46100-Burjassot, Valencia, Spain
2 Department of Zoology, Weber State University, Ogden, 84408-2505 Utah, USA
BMC Evolutionary Biology 2008, 8:302 doi:10.1186/1471-2148-8-302Published: 31 October 2008
Sequences homologous to the gypsy retroelement from Drosophila melanogaster are widely distributed among drosophilids. The structure of gypsy includes an open reading frame resembling the retroviral gene env, which is responsible for the infectious properties of retroviruses.
In this study we report molecular and phylogeny analysis of the complete env gene from ten species of the obscura group of the genus Drosophila and one species from the genus Scaptomyza.
The results indicate that in most cases env sequences could produce a functional Env protein and therefore maintain the infectious capability of gypsy in these species.