Transposing without ends: the non-LTR retrotransposable elements.

  title={Transposing without ends: the non-LTR retrotransposable elements.},
  author={Thomas H. Eickbush},
  journal={The New biologist},
  volume={4 5},
Transposable elements have been discovered in animals, plants, fungi, and protozoans which contain open reading frames similar to the gag and pol genes of retroviruses and retrotransposons but which lack long terminal repeats (LTRs). Recent experiments have shown that these non-LTR elements [also called poly(A) type and LINE-like elements] encode functional reverse transcriptase and replicate via an RNA intermediate. Based on phylogenetic analysis of their encoded reverse transcriptase… CONTINUE READING


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