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Genetic information analysis of bacteriophage phiX 174.

Authors
  • Figueroa, R
  • Sepúleda, A
  • Soto, M A
  • Tohá, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. Section C: Biosciences
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1977
Volume
32
Issue
9-10
Pages
850–854
Identifiers
PMID: 145126
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The genetic information of phix 174 genome (genes and intermediate segments) is analyzed in terms of its independent (D1 index) and dependent information (D2 and D3 Markovian indexes), as well as of its ability to generate secondary structure. Genes B and E, enclosed in A and D respectively, have: 1) values of D1 and D3 indexes closer to the theoretical random distribution curves than those of (A-B) and (D-E) gene fractions, and 2) in the ability for secondary structure generation minor differences with genes A and D. F leads to G and mRNA start leads to A intermediate segments differ from randomness in their D1 and D2 indexes, but not so much in the D3 values. All these data point out the use of code degeneracy for increasing the genetic information density of the virus.

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