ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-961014-1032
Mermaid, a family of short interspersed repetitive elements, is useful for zebrafish genome mapping
Shimoda, N., Chevrette, M., Ekker, M., Kikuchi, Y., Hotta, Y., and Okamoto, H.
Date: 1996
Source: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications   220: 233-237 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Chevrette, Mario, Ekker, Marc, Kikuchi, Yutaka, Okamoto, Hitoshi, Shimoda, Nobuyoshi
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Mapping/methods*
  • DNA/genetics
  • DNA Primers/genetics
  • Evolution, Molecular
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genome
  • Humans
  • Hybrid Cells
  • Mice
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid*
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
PubMed: 8602850 Full text @ Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun.
A family of short interspersed repetitive elements (SINEs), designated mermaid, is present in the genomes of fish, amphibian and primates, but absent in the mouse genome. We have demonstrated that the sequences of the mermaid family are highly polymorphic in the zebrafish genome as in the human genome. We have also shown that the mermaid sequence can be used to recover zebrafish specific DNA from zebrafish-mouse cell hybrids by using mermaid-specific oligonucleotides as PCR primers. Thus, the mermaid family serves as a valuable genetic tool for the zebrafish genome mapping.