Vladimir Kapitonov

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Vladimir Kapitonov is a Russian-American biologist and geneticist who since 1987 has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles about biology which brought him an h-index of 28.[1]


In 2005 he and Jerzy Jurka described a new genetic element called a Polinton which is self-synthesizing in such plants and insects as entamoeba, fruit flies, and fungi. They also discovered it in various species of chicken, fish, frogs, lizards, and such underwater species as sea squirts, sea urchins and anemones.[2]

In October 2007 he and Jurka paired up again, this time to describe transposable element in Arabidopsis thaliana, Oryza sativa and Caenorhabditis elegans plant species which became known as Helitron which he suggests plays a major role in genomic evolution.[3]

In 2011 he studied a microRNA gene which was previously discovered in mice and made even further discovery that by using various bioinformatic tools its intron contains SFMBT2 gene.[4]


  1. ^ "Vladimir Kapitonov". Google Scholar. Retrieved May 16, 2014.
  2. ^ Vladimir V. Kapitonov & Jerzy Jurka (March 21, 2006). "Self-synthesizing DNA transposons in eukaryotes". PNAS. National Academy of Sciences. 103 (12): 4540–4545. doi:10.1073/pnas.0600833103. PMC 1450207. PMID 16537396.
  3. ^ Vladimir V. Kapitonov and Jerzy Jurka (October 2007). "Helitrons on a roll: eukaryotic rolling-circle transposons". Trends in Genetics. 23 (10): 521–9. doi:10.1016/j.tig.2007.08.004. PMID 17850916.
  4. ^ S Lehnert, Vladimir Kapitonov, Pushpike J Thilakarathne and FC Schuit (May 23, 2011). "Modeling the asymmetric evolution of a mouse and rat-specific microRNA gene cluster intron 10 of the Sfmbt2 gene". BMC Genomics. NCBI. 12: 257. doi:10.1186/1471-2164-12-257. PMC 3212979. PMID 21605348.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)