Mobile DNA is an online, peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes articles providing novel insights into DNA rearrangements in all organisms, ranging from transposition and other types of recombination mechanisms to patterns and processes of mobile element and host genome evolution.
In addition, the journal will consider articles on the utility of mobile genetic elements in biotechnological methods and protocols. Articles on microorganisms and viruses are particularly welcome.
- Nancy L Craig, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Thomas H Eickbush, University of Rochester
- Cédric Feschotte, University of Utah
- Henry L Levin, NIH
Editors' picks Highlights from recent literature on mobile elements, selected by the Editors-in-Chief.
- A domesticated PiggyBac transposase interacts with heterochromatin and catalyzes reproducible DNA elimination in Tetrahymena [PLoS Genet. August 2013]
- PKR is activated by cellular dsRNAs during mitosis and acts as a mitotic regulator [Genes Dev. August 2014]
- Mobile DNA in cancer. Extensive transduction of nonrepetitive DNA mediated by L1 retrotransposition in cancer genomes [Science. July 2014]
- The contributions of transposable elements to the structure, function, and evolution of plant genomes [Annu Rev Plant Biol. July 2014]
- Noncoding origins of anthropoid traits and a new null model of transposon functionalization [Genome Res. July 2014]
Transposable elements labs
Nancy L Craig is currently a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an Investigator for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Professor Craig is a geneticist whose research interests include the mechanisms and control of transpositions and site-specific recombinations, protein – DNA interactions, and the molecular genetics of bacteria.
Thomas Eickbush is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at the University of Rochester, New York.
“I am delighted to be involved in the launch of a new journal devoted to the field of mobile DNA. The genomes of most organisms are filled with these relentless elements, and the means used to regulate their activity are fundamental to all aspects of information flow from DNA to RNA to protein. Whether your interests are how the mobile elements or how the hosts survives the onslaught, this journal can serve as an appropriate venue.”
Cédric Feschotte is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. His laboratory uses an integrative approach to study the evolution and biological impact of various forms of mobile DNA, with an emphasis on the genomes of vertebrates, including humans.
Henry Levin heads the NIH Section on Eukaryotic Transposable Elements.
"Mobile DNA is the flagship journal dedicated to publishing the latest results on transposable elements. The launch of this journal comes at a time when the full biological, evolutionary, and biochemical significance of mobile DNA is becoming recognized."