Characterization of nonautonomous Tc1 -like transposable elements of channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)

Z. Liu, P. Li, H. Kucuktas, R. Dunham

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Putative nonautonomous transposable elements from channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) were identified. They were named Tipnon elements for Tc1-like transposable elements from channel catfish that are nonautonomous. These elements were defined by their terminal repeats that share identity to members of the known 7c1/mariner transposon superfamily. They show structural similarities to Tc1-like elements, but share little sequence identity beyond the terminal inverted repeats. They do not harbor any amino acid blocks that show similarities to the Tc1-like or other transposases and thus may represent truly nonautonomous transposons in channel catfish. They are abundant in the channel catfish genome with a copy number of 32 000, having 500 base pair per copy, this family of nonautonomous transposon-like elements account for 1.6% of the channel catfish genomic DNA. Their high abundance and transposon-like terminal repeats indicate that they may play important roles in gene evolution and in genomic architecture of catfish. Similarity search for potential coding capacity of the Tipnon elements revealed that they contain sequence blocks that can potentially encode amino acid blocks similar to the para-type sodium channel proteins in cockroaches or house flies, proteins that function in the central nervous system as voltagegated sodium transporters. Sequences surrounding the terminal inverted repeats are divergent from those used by the reconstructed Sleeping Beauty fish transposase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-72
Number of pages8
JournalFish Physiology and Biochemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Cloning
  • Gene evolution
  • Genomic architecture
  • Tc1 element
  • Transposase
  • Transposon

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Aquatic Science


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