P elements and MITE relatives in the whole genome sequence of Anopheles gambiae

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Abstract

Miniature Inverted-repeat Terminal Elements (MITEs), which are particular class-II transposable elements (TEs), play an important role in genome evolution, because they have very high copy numbers and display recurrent bursts of transposition. The 5' and 3' subterminal regions of a given MITE family often show a high sequence similarity with the corresponding regions of an autonomous Class-II TE family. However, the sustained presence over a prolonged evolutionary time of MITEs and TE master copies able to promote their mobility has been rarely reported within the same genome, and this raises fascinating evolutionary questions.

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Quesneville, H., Nouaud, D., & Anxolabéhère, D. (2006). P elements and MITE relatives in the whole genome sequence of Anopheles gambiae. BMC Genomics, 7. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2164-7-214

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