Previous Landmark Papers

Lease, R. and Belfort, M.  A trans-acting RNA as a control switch in E. coli: DsrA RNA modulates function by forming alternative structures.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2000) 97, 9919-9924.

Cousineau, B., Lawrence, S., Smith, D. and Belfort, M.   Retrotransposition of a bacterial group II intron.  Nature (2000)  404,1018-1021.  Correction.  Nature (2001) 414, 84.

Wood, D., Wu, W., Belfort, G., Derbyshire, V. and Belfort, M.  A genetic system yields self-cleaving element for bioseparations.  Nature Biotechnol. (1999) 17, 889-892.

Cousineau, B., Smith, D., Lawrence-Cavanagh, S., Mueller, J.E., Yang, J., Mills, D., Manias, D., Dunny, G., Lambowitz, A.M. and Belfort, M.  Retrohoming of a bacterial group II intron: mobility via complete reverse splicing, independent of homologous DNA recombination.  Cell (1998) 94, 451-462.

Bryk, M. and Belfort, M.  Spontaneous shuffling of domains between introns of phage T4.  Nature (1990) 346, 394-396.

Quirk, S. M., Bell-Pedersen, D. and Belfort M.  Intron mobility in the T-even phages:  High frequency intron inheritance promoted by intron open reading frames.  Cell (1989) 56, 455-465.

Pedersen-Lane, J. and Belfort, M.  Variable occurrence of the nrdB intron in the T-even phages suggests intron mobility.  Science (1987) 237, 182-184.

Chu, F. K., Maley, G. F., Maley, F. and Belfort, M.  An intervening sequence in the  thymidylate synthase gene of bacteriophage T4.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (1984) 81, 3049‑3053.

Belfort, M. and Wulff, D. L.  The roles of the lambda cIII gene and the Escherichia coli catabolite gene activation system in the establishment of lysogeny by bacteriophage lambda.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (1974) 71, 779‑782.


Commentary.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA (2014) 111, 6536-7.  “The trouble with (group II) introns” by Ford Doolittle.

Research Highlights.  Nature Chem. Biol. (2011) 7, 2 "Protein splicing: cisplatin connects with inteins" by M. Bucci, A. Donner, C. Goodman and T.L. Sheppard.

Leading Edge: Molecular Biology Select. Cell (2009) 137, 979 "A hop, skip and a jump to genetic diversity" by Marie Bao.

News and Views, Nature Struct. and Mol. Biol. (2004) 11, 910-911.  "Double duty" by N. Windbichler and R. Schroeder. 

News Story.  Science (2003) 300, 1646-1649.  "Spinning junk into gold" by Ingrid Wickelgren. 

News and Comment.  Trends in Biochem. Sci.  (2002) 27, 390.  “Measure for measure: a zinc finger ruler” by R.W. Alexander.