Nucleotide compositional asymmetry between the leading and lagging strands of eubacterial genomes

Hongzhu Qu, Hao Wu, Tongwu Zhang, Zhang Zhang, Songnian Hu, Jun Yu

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Nucleotide compositional asymmetry (NCA) between leading and lagging strands (LeS and LaS) is dynamic and diverse among eubacterial genomes due to different mutation and selection forces. A thorough investigation is needed in order to study the relationship between nucleotide composition dynamics and gene distribution biases. Based on a collection of 364 eubacterial genomes that were grouped according to a DnaE-based scheme (DnaE1-DnaE1, DnaE2-DnaE1, and DnaE3-PolC), we investigated NCA and nucleotide composition gradients at three codon positions and found that there was universal G-enrichment on LeS among all groups. This was due to a strong selection for G-heading (codon position1 or cp1) codons and mutation pressure that led to more G-ending (cp3) codons. Moreover, a slight T-enrichment of LeS due to the mutation of cytosine deamination at cp3 was universal among DnaE1-DnaE1 and DnaE2-DnaE1 genomes, but was not clearly seen among DnaE3-PolC genomes, in which A-enrichment of LeS was proposed to be the effect of selections unique to polC and a mutation bias toward A-richness at cp1 that may be a result of transcription-coupled DNA repair mechanisms. Furthermore, strand-biased gene distribution enhances the purine-richness of LeS for DnaE3-PolC genomes and T-richness of LeS for DnaE1-DnaE1 and DnaE2-dnaE1 genomes. © 2010 Institut Pasteur.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)838-846
Number of pages9
JournalResearch in Microbiology
Issue number10
StatePublished - Dec 2010

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Acknowledgements: The study was supported by grants awarded to JY (2006CB910404) from the National Basic Research Program (973 Program) and from the National Science and Technology Key Project (2008ZX1004-013), the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People's Republic of China.

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology


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