DNA Sequences Tightly Bound to Proteins in Mouse Chromatin: Identification of Murine MER Sequences

Zoya Avramova, Oleg Georgiev, Roumen Tsanev

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The finding of stably (tightly) associated DNA–protein complexes in eukaryotic chromatin has provoked many hypotheses and speculations concerning their possible role. While the answer of this question is not envisaged yet, it is clear that elucidation of the nature of the individual components involved in such complexes is a necessary step in this direction. Here, the nature of several mouse DNA sequences in the vicinity of a putative stably attached protein is studied. Eight independently isolated clones containing such sequences were compared to known sequences in GenBank. Two clones were found to belong to different subfamilies of repetitive sequences, organized into a larger family — the L1md family. One clone harbors a sequence that is a member of the Alu-type family. Four of the cloned sequences are preset in low copy numbers, but the computer search found similar sequences in various genomic regions of different rodents. These facts, together with the finding that regions homologous to the above clones often flank other repetitive elements in the genome, suggest that the cloned sequences belong to new, not yet described families of repeats in the murine genome. It is possible that they correspond to the medium reiteration frequency sequences, MER-sequences, discovered recently in the human genome (Jurka, 1990; Kaplan and Duncan, 1990). Particularly intriguing is the homology found at the integration sites of polyoma virus in two transformed cell lines with two of these clones.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-548
Number of pages10
JournalDNA and Cell Biology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology


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