Category:Mobile Genetic Elements

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Mobile genetic elements are a type of genetic information that can move around within genome(s) or cells.

In E. coli, they include:

What's the difference between an insertion sequence and a transposon?

Insertion sequences are mobile genetic elements that contain genes only directly related to insertion functions. Transposons contain additional genes unrelated to insertion functions, such as antibiotic resistance genes. [1]

Naming Conventions In E. coli

  • The convention for indicating the presence of an IS element or transposon is the gene name interrupted followed by a double colon and the IS or Tn. For example, lacZ98::Tn10 or lacZ::IS1[2].

See also


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  1. Shapiro, James A., 'Mobile Genetic Elements.' Academic Press Inc. 1983-4. ISBN 0-12-638680-3
  2. Campbell, A et al. (1979) Nomenclature of transposable elements in prokaryotes. Plasmid 2 466-73 PubMed


This category has the following 2 subcategories, out of 2 total.