Research objectives and content
The main objective of this research project is the functional analysis of the RNase H and zinc-finger motifs located in the 3' region of I-factor-like elements. These domains, as well as the termination mode are characteristic of this subgroup of elements and are not included in the present model of transposition of LINEs. The activity of these domains has not even been tested. As a second objective, I would like to test the hypothesis that I-factor-like elements are retrotranscribed in the cytoplasm. The project will consist on the establishment of a suitable in vitro transposition system for the I-factorlike element in the laboratory of Dr. Bucheton and then, with Dr. Finnegan, the analysis of how specific mutations affect the transposition capability of the element. Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
This research project will be acquainted me with completely new techniques on molecular biology like cell culture, making and handling of gene constructs and perhaps protein expression and its analysis. The knowledge or this technology can be useful not only for this project but to analyse any gene. Working or two different research groups, I will benefit from the training ability of both laboratories as well as a specialised supervision on each part of the investigation.
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