Transposable genetic element found in the 5′-flanking region of the fibroin H-chain gene in a genomic clone from the silkworm Bombyx mori

Hitoshi Ueda, Shigeki Mizuno, Kensuke Shimura

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A transposable genetic element was found in the 5′-flanking region of the fibroin H-chain gene in one of the genomic clones from the silkworm Bombyx mori. This element, named K-1.4, is about 1.4 × 103 base-pairs long, contains an open reading frame of only 225 base-pairs and has inverted repeats of 12 base-pairs at both ends. Duplication of three base-pairs seems to have occurred when this element was integrated into the silkworm genome. About 15 copies of K-1.4 are present per haploid genome of various silkworm strains. Genomic loci of some of these elements are different among different strains or even among individual offspring of the same parents. K-1.4 is present also in the genome of Bombyx mandarina. The K-1.4-related sequences are present in some species belonging to the family Saturniidae.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-327
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 5 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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