M. L. Pardue

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HeT-A elements are non-long terminal repeat (non-LTR) retrotransposons found in head-to-tail arrays on Drosophila chromosome ends, where they form telomeres. We report that HeT-A promoter activity is located in the 3' end of the element, unlike the 5' location seen for other non-LTR retrotransposons. In HeT-A arrays the 3' sequence of one element directs(More)
Transposable elements are abundant in the genomes of higher organisms but are usually thought to affect cells only incidentally, by transposing in or near a gene and influencing its expression. Telomeres of Drosophila chromosomes are maintained by two non-LTR retrotransposons, HeT-A and TART. These are the first transposable elements with identified roles(More)
Telomeres across the genus Drosophila are maintained, not by telomerase, but by two non-LTR retrotransposons, HeT-A and TART, that transpose specifically to chromosome ends. Successive transpositions result in long head-to-tail arrays of these elements. Thus Drosophila telomeres, like those produced by telomerase, consist of repeated sequences reverse(More)
Telomeres in Drosophila melanogaster are composed of multiple copies of two retrotransposable elements, HeT-A and TART instead of the short DNA repeats generated by telomerase in most organisms. Transpositions of HeT-A and yield arrays of repeats larger and more irregular than the repeats produced by telomeras; nevertheless, these transpositions are, in(More)
In Drosophilatwo non-LTR retrotransposons, HeT-Aand TART, offer a novel experimental system for the study of heterochromatin. These elements, found only in heterochromatin, form Drosophilatelomeres by repeated transposition onto chromosome ends. Their transposition yields arrays of repeats larger and more irregular than the repeats produced by telomeras;(More)
TAHRE, the least abundant of the three retrotransposons forming telomeres in Drosophila melanogaster, has high sequence similarity to the gag gene and untranslated regions of HeT-A, the most abundant telomere-specific element. Despite TAHRE’s apparent evolutionary relationship to HeT-A, we find TAHRE Gag cannot locate to telomere-associated “Het dots”(More)
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