KpnI families of long, interspersed repetitive DNAs associated with the human β-globin gene cluster

Bridget Shafit-Zagardo, Fred L. Brown, Joseph J. Maio, Jesse W. Adams

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KpnI families of long, interspersed repetitive DNAs are ubiquitous repetitive elements that occur in tens of thousands of copies in primate genomes. KpnI 1.2, 1.5 and two different KpnI 1.8-kb families were found within and flanking a 6.4-kb repeat beginning at 3 kb, 3' from the human β-globin gene. Thus, six different types of KpnI families have now been identified, and four of these are found next to each other in a specific 6.4-kb repeat. Clones of the distinct KpnI families were hybridized to clones of the 6.4-kb repeat and adjacent sequences encompassed within some 17.6 kb of DNA lying 3' to the β-globin gene cluster. The four KpnI families appear to make up the entire length of the 6.4-kb repeat. The linear order of the various cloned KpnI sequences in the repeat is 5'-pBK(1.8)26-pBK.(1.5)54-pBK(1.2)11-pBK(1.8)11-3'. KpnI 1.2-kb sequences were also detected downstream from the 6.4-kb repeat. As in the case of the KpnI 1.2 and 1.5-kb families, the two KpnI 1.8-kb sequence families described here each hybridized with about 15% of all plaques in two independently generated human genome libraries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-407
Number of pages11
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1982
Externally publishedYes


  • Human hemoglobin genes
  • gene regulation
  • recombinant DNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics


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