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Acta Univ Latv (2006) 710: 139–153
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Acta Univ Latv (2006) 710: 139–153

Orginal Article

Internal regularity and quantization of gene parameters

Nora Ieviņa*, Gunars Chipens, Ivars Kalvinsh
Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Aizkraukles 21, Rīga LV-1006, Latvia
*Corresponding author, E-mail: ievina@osi.lv


The origin and function of introns in eukaryotic cells has rised much attention since their discovery in 1977. However, none of the opposing theories is universally recognized today. We have elaborated a new approach and methodology to study the origin of genes and introns using analysis and comparison of gene numerical parametres and their internal regularity. Exon dimensions, intron coordinates, sizes of gene exon rows, etc. were investigated. Our aim was to demonstrate that the structures of primeval gene precursors originating at the very early stage of evolution were regular and periodic, and that this regularity was retained partially also in the structures of modern contemporary genes and the corresponding proteins. The ability to determine the size of the gene quantum and to quantize the gene numerical parameters for the most regular modern gene structures gave support for this new approach. In this article we describe new principles and a method of analysis of gene internal regularity, demonstrate the internal regularity of some gene segments, and determine the numerical values of their quanta.

Key words: gene quanta, ras-related genes, regularity of exon dimensions and intron coordinates, triosephosphate isomerase genes.

Acta Univ Latv (2006) 710: 139–153
 DOI: http://doi.org/10.22364/eeb

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