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Endogenous Viral Elements

Edited by:

Guan-Zhu Han, PhD, Nanjing Normal University, China
Florian Maumus, PhD, French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 28 February 2025

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Endogenous Viral Elements (EVEs). This Collection welcomes submissions of articles covering different fields of research on EVEs and EVE-derived elements in model and non-model organisms.

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About the Collection

Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) are viral genomic sequences that have been incorporated into the genome of germline cells of their hosts. These segments of viral genomes are then transmitted vertically within host DNA where they can be preserved for millions of years as molecular fossils. Being records of past viral infections, EVEs provide ancient and unknown viral sequences that help reconstruct the evolution of viruses and track virus-host interactions over extended periods. In addition, EVEs can sometimes be repurposed by their host to serve new cellular functions.

Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing technologies have led to an explosive accumulation of genome sequences across the Tree of Life, providing access to an immense library of EVEs and EVE-derived elements that remain to be discovered and characterized for the most.

With this Collection, Mobile DNA welcomes submissions of articles covering different fields of research on EVEs and EVE-derived elements in model and non-model organisms including the study of the deep evolution of viruses and host-virus interactions, the roles of EVEs in the biology of their hosts, overlaps in host responses to EVEs and mobile elements, and development of new computational tools and methods to identify and characterize EVEs.

There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submissions of original research and review articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. 

Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. Please, select the appropriate Collection title “Endogenous Viral Elements" under the “Details” tab during the submission stage.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer-review process. The peer-review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.