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Mol Cell Biol. 1990 Mar;10(3):863-71.

A retrotransposable element from the mosquito Anopheles gambiae .

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  • Department of Biology, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06511.

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  • Mol Cell Biol 1990 May;10(5):2442.


A family of middle repetitive elements from the African malaria vector Anopheles gambiae is described. Approximately 100 copies of the element, designated T1Ag, are dispersed in the genome. Full-length elements are 4.6 kilobase pairs in length, but truncation of the 5' end is common. Nucleotide sequences of one full-length, two 5'-truncated, and two 5' ends of T1Ag elements were determined and aligned to define a consensus sequence. Sequence analysis revealed two long, overlapping open reading frames followed by a polyadenylation signal, AATAAA, and a tail consisting of tandem repetitions of the motif TGAAA. No direct or inverted long terminal repeats (LTRs) were detected. The first open reading frame, 442 amino acids in length, includes a domain resembling that of nucleic acid-binding proteins. The second open reading frame, 975 amino acids long, resembles the reverse transcriptases of a category of retrotransposable elements without LTRs, variously termed class II retrotransposons, class III elements or non-LTR retrotransposons. Similarity at the sequence and structural levels places T1Ag in this category.

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