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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

A highly reiterated family of transcribed oligo(A)-terminated, interspersed DNA elements in the genome of Bombyx mori.

A library of low Cot DNA (Cot is the molar concentration of DNA times the incubation time in seconds) from Bombyx mori was used to isolate five independent clones of highly reiterated sequences from the genome of this organism. Sequence analysis revealed that all five clones belong to a single family of repetitive DNA elements, which we have named Bm1, and whose reiteration frequency is approximately 2.3 X 10(4) copies per haploid genome. Probing of a Bombyx genomic library (in lambda phage) with a Bm1 clone reveals that this repetitive sequence is dispersed throughout the genome. The pattern of interspersion was confirmed by Southern blot mapping of a large (270 X 10(3) base-pairs) domain of the chorion locus of Bombyx, where at least 13 independent regions were found to hybridize to Bm1. Four additional Bm1 elements have been sequenced from a 4.8 X 10(3) base-pair genomic fragment containing an early chorion gene. Two of these four elements are bounded by short (4 to 12 base-pairs) direct repeats. The nine Bm1 elements which have been sequenced are greater than 88% homologous to each other, and tend to fall in at least two size classes (253 base-pairs and 450 base-pairs). Seven of the nine Bm1 elements have a short 6 to 10 base-pair oligo(A) sequence at the 3' end. A sequence of about 29 base-pairs at the 3' end, including the oligo(A), shows 86% homology to the equivalent 3'-terminal domain of human Alu family repetitive elements. A 129 base-pair domain at the 5' end of Bm1 shows 66% homology to a Drosophila valine transfer RNA gene; thus the 5' end of Bm1 may contain the split internal RNA polymerase III promoter that is characteristic of most transcribed tRNA-like retroposons. Dot-blot analysis of Bombyx RNA shows that Bm1 DNA is indeed transcribed, and that the transcripts are well-represented in the total RNA of an ovarian-derived permanent cell line and posterior silk glands early in the fifth instar, but are less abundant in the RNA of pupae or silk glands late in the fifth instar.[1]


  1. A highly reiterated family of transcribed oligo(A)-terminated, interspersed DNA elements in the genome of Bombyx mori. Adams, D.S., Eickbush, T.H., Herrera, R.J., Lizardi, P.M. J. Mol. Biol. (1986) [Pubmed]
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