MUST: a system for identification of miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements and applications to Anabaena variabilis and Haloquadratum walsbyi.


Journal Article

Transposable elements (TE) are functionally important genetic elements that can move within a genome. Miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements (MITEs) constitute a class of transposable elements that are usually small in size and have high numbers of conserved copies. Identifying all the MITEs in a genome could provide new insights about gene evolution and genome dynamics of the organism. We present a web-based MITE Uncovering SysTem (MUST) for prediction and analyses of MITEs at a genome level. MUST reliably found both the previously known and novel MITEs in the two bacterial genomes, Anabaena variabilis ATCC 29413 and Haloquadratum walsbyi DSM 16790. MUST is available at (the standalone version is available upon request). Supplementary data associated with this article are available in the online version or at:

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Cited Authors

  • Chen, Y; Zhou, F; Li, G; Xu, Y

Published Date

  • May 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 436 / 1-2

Start / End Page

  • 1 - 7

PubMed ID

  • 19393167

Pubmed Central ID

  • 19393167

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-0038

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0378-1119

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.gene.2009.01.019


  • eng