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Horizontal Transfer of Transposable Elements

Edited by:

Vladimir Kapitonov, PhD, The LOEWE Centre for Translational Biodiversity Genomics, Germany
Clément Gilbert, PhD, Université Paris Saclay, France

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 31 March 2025

Mobile DNA is calling for submissions to our new Collection on Horizontal Transfer of Transposable Elements. This Collection is intended to include research papers presenting new and original results of bioinformatics, modeling and/or experimental studies of horizontal transposon transfer in eukaryotic genomes.

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About the Collection

Transposable Elements (TEs) are DNA regions present in virtually all eukaryotic genomes that are capable of multiplication in the genome via transposition from one locus to another. As genomic regions, TEs are usually transmitted vertically via Mendelian inheritance from parents to their offspring. In addition to vertical transmission, TEs can be transmitted horizontally via so-called horizontal transposon transfer (HTT), whereby a TE active in a genome of one species is introduced into a genome of another species.

This Collection is intended to include research papers presenting new and original results of bioinformatics, modeling and/or experimental studies of HTT in eukaryotic genomes. Original reviews and/or opinion papers shedding new light on eukaryote HTT will also be considered. The overall goal is to compile new discoveries that will further our understanding of the following phenomena, processes and mechanisms, including but not limited to:

• Horizontal transfer of TEs between distant and closely related eukaryotic species over multiple timescales
• Horizontal transfer of TEs between bacteria and eukaryotes
• Characterizing vectors, intermediates and molecular mechanisms that enable horizontal transfer of TEs
• Identifying biotic and abiotic factors structuring HTT through time and in diverse eukaryotic groups
• Host response to HTT, including its defense against invading TEs
• Conditions under which TE invasions through HTT may be successful

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 “Horizontal Transfer of Transposable 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.