Detection of a mariner-like element and a miniature inverted-repeat transposable element (MITE) associated with the heterochromatin from ants of the genus Messor and their possible involvement for satellite DNA evolution.

The satellite DNA of ants Messor bouvieri, M. barbarus and M. structor, studied in a previous paper, is organized as tandemly repeated 79-bp monomers in the three species showing high sequence similarity. In the present paper, a mariner-like element (Mboumar) and a new MITE (miniature inverted-repeat transposable element) called IRE-130, inserted into… CONTINUE READING