The diversity of LTR retrotransposons

Genome Biol. 2004;5(6):225. doi: 10.1186/gb-2004-5-6-225. Epub 2004 May 18.


Eukaryotic genomes are full of long terminal repeat (LTR) retrotransposons. Although most LTR retrotransposons have common structural features and encode similar genes, there is nonetheless considerable diversity in their genomic organization, reflecting the different strategies they use to proliferate within the genomes of their hosts.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Genetic Variation*
  • Humans
  • Retroelements / genetics*
  • Terminal Repeat Sequences / genetics*


  • Retroelements