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Insect Mol Biol. 1999 May;8(2):201-12.

Moose, a new family of LTR-retrotransposons in the mosquito Anopheles gambiae.

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Developmental Biology Center, University of California, Irvine 92697, USA.


A novel LTR retrotransposable element called moose has been cloned and characterized from the malaria transmitting mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. This element has all the characteristic features of LTR retroelements and is related to retroelements from other insects and nematodes, belonging to a subgroup of retroelements distinct from the copia/Ty1 and gypsy/Ty3 groups. The moose element appears to be active in A. gambiae, and strong RNA expression is detected in the male and female gonads. The use of this retroelement as a potential vector for germ line transformation is discussed.

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