An inverted repeat borders a fivefold amplification in satellite DNA

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Science  26 Aug 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4613, pp. 862-865
DOI: 10.1126/science.6879182


One variant of a complex satellite DNA of the Bermuda land crab is significantly longer than the average repeat unit of the satellite. The extra DNA in the variant is accounted for by a fivefold tandem amplification of a 0.142-kilobase sequence. The amplified sequence is bounded by a tetranucleotide inverted repeat; the upstream arm of the inverted repeat is missing from two other variants of the satellite. The latter variants contain only one copy of a sequence that is closely related to the amplified sequence. By contrast, in several satellite DNA's of other organisms, extra DNA is inserted.