Computer analyses reveal a hobo-like element in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, which presents a conserved transposase domain common with the Tc1-Mariner transposon family

Gene. 1996 Oct 3;174(2):265-71. doi: 10.1016/0378-1119(96)00092-3.


The present report describes the use of computer analyses to reveal a hobo-like element in the genome of Caenorhabditis elegans. This hobo-like sequence is 3039 bp long, contains two inverted terminal repeats of 25-27 bp and probably does not encoded a functional transposase. Sequence comparisons suggest that each transposase of hobo elements probably has a D(D/S)E motif. Thus the transposases of the hAT superfamily of transposons appear to be close to the other transposases and intregrases.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Caenorhabditis elegans / genetics*
  • Chromosome Inversion
  • DNA Nucleotidyltransferases / genetics*
  • DNA Transposable Elements / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics*
  • Drosophila melanogaster / genetics
  • Electronic Data Processing*
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleotidyltransferases / genetics*
  • Phylogeny
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Transposases


  • DNA Transposable Elements
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • DNA Nucleotidyltransferases
  • Nucleotidyltransferases
  • Tc1 transposase
  • Transposases

Associated data

  • GENBANK/L34807
  • GENBANK/U22467
  • GENBANK/U23454