Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2006
Authors:Petersen, G., Seberg, O., Davis, J. I., Stevenson D. W.
Keywords:Agavaceae, Alismatales, Calycanthaceae, Monocotyledones, phylogeny, RNA editing, processed paralogs

The mitochondrial genome of land plants has a high level of evolutionary plasticity that may impair its use in phylogenetic analyses. Among the most challenging properties are RNA editing and retroprocessing of edited mRNA into the mitochondrial and/or nuclear genome as processed paralogs. Using mtDNA sequence data encoding for apocytochrome B (cob) and the alpha subunit of F1-ATP synthase (atp1) across the monocots, and in two subclades, alismatids and Agavaceae, it is shown that edited sites, despite being more homoplasious than non-edited sites, perform well on the trees, and that they are not randomly distributed among taxa but have a clade specific distribution. Indirect evidence for the presence of processed paralogs is presented and their likely evolutionary fate discussed.

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