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Mol Gen Genet. 1995 Jun 25;247(6):742-8.

Physical mapping of sequences homologous to an endogenous retrovirus LTR on human chromosome 19.

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Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow.


The human genome contains multiple copies of sequences related to the HERV-K family of endogenous retroviruses, homologous to the B-type mouse mammary tumour virus. A DNA fragment closely resembling an HERV-K long tandem repeat (LTR) was detected in a library of hncDNA clones enriched for sequences from human chromosome 19. Sites showing homology to the sequence of this fragment have been identified on human chromosome 19 by hybridization to previously mapped chromosome 19 cosmids. Thus the distribution of LTR sequences on a specific human chromosome has been mapped for the first time. We estimate the total number of such sites on human chromosome 19 to be at least 110. Many of these sites are located in the vicinity of known genes. The precise localizations (to specific cosmids) of LTR-homologous sequences on chromosome 19 can serve as a reference source and will automatically provide further insight into LTR-gene relationships as new genes are mapped onto the chromosome.

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