The bz-rcy allele of the Cy transposable element system of Zea mays contains a Mu-like element insertion

Mol Gen Genet. 1989 Jun;217(2-3):459-63. doi: 10.1007/BF02464917.


The receptive component of the Cy transposable element system (rcy:Mu7) at the Bz locus of Zea mays L. is 2.2 kb and has long terminal inverted repeats. The insertion is flanked by a 9 bp duplication. In the presence of an autonomous Cy element in the genome, rcy:Mu7 is excised from bz-rcy in a manner consistent with a model suggested previously. The termini of rcy:Mu7 have 85% sequence similarity with the Mu1 element of Z. mays. This is consistent with the observation that Mu1 can behave genetically like a receptive component of the Cy system.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Base Sequence
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / genetics
  • DNA Transposable Elements*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Plants / genetics*
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Zea mays / genetics


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • DNA