MER124 (DF0000721)

Unclassified, largely palindromic DNA transposon, MER124 subfamily


Present in >500 copies in all mammals, including marsupials, but absent from platypus. The termini form a 108bp TIR. This palindrome possibly extends even further out. This large TIR does not match to any known DNA TIR. Note that MER stands for MEdium Reiteration frequency interspersed repeat. As such, MERs as a group are a grab bag of DNA transposons and retrotransposons.


  1. Evolutionary dynamics of transposable elements in the short-tailed opossum Monodelphis domestica.
    Gentles AJ, Wakefield MJ, Kohany O, Gu W, Batzer MA, Pollock DD, Jurka J;
    Genome Res 2007;17:992-1004 Pubmed

  2. Repetitive sequences in complex genomes: structure and evolution.
    Jurka J, Kapitonov VV, Kohany O, Jurka MV;
    Annu Rev Genomics Hum Genet 2007;8:241-259 Pubmed


Accession Name Wikipedia
Type DNA Transposon Article
Class Cut and Paste
Superfamily Undefined

Note: Uncertain classification.

Hit Statistics

The model is 397 positions long. The average length of non-redundant hits to the model is 240.3. This table shows the number of hits above score thresholds:

Species Gathering Trusted
non-redundant all hits non-redundant all hits
Mus musculus 400 527 210 241
Homo sapiens 1903 2659 1034 1241

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