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SIRE-1, A putative plant retrovirus is closely related to a legume TY1-copia retrotransposon family

  • Stephen R. Pearce1
Cellular & Molecular Biology LettersAn International Journal200612:53

Received: 16 May 2006

Accepted: 6 October 2006

Published: 19 November 2006


SIRE-1 is a potential soybean retrovirus which has a gene order similar to Ty1-copia retrotransposons but also contains an envelope-like open reading frame (ORF), which is characteristic of retroviruses. PCR and Southern analysis reveals that SIRE-1 is closely related to a legume-wide family of envelope-lacking Ty1-copia group retrotransposons which suggests that SIRE-1 was formed by the recent acquisition of an envelope gene by a Ty1-copia retrotransposon.

Key words

Glycine max RetroelementRNAseH