MER129 (DF0000725)

Unclassified, putative retrotransposon, MER129 subfamily


MER129 is found in mammals and chicken. The reconstructed sequence may be incomplete. Classification based on TG...CA termini, although the edges of the element are still uncertain (no TSDs recognized). Detectably similar to flanking regions of turtle CryIIB SINE (from Repbase). 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 Retrotransposon Article
Class LTR Article
Superfamily Undefined

Note: Uncertain classification.

Hit Statistics

The model is 469 positions long. The average length of non-redundant hits to the model is 250.2. This table shows the number of hits above score thresholds:

Species Gathering Trusted
non-redundant all hits non-redundant all hits
Mus musculus 72 73 56 56
Homo sapiens 174 177 131 133

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