Question: Transposable Elements positions in genome (GTF file)
gravatar for Mohammad Reza Bakhtiarizadeh
5.6 years ago by
Tehran university

Hi All

I need, a GTF file including known Transposable Elements positions in sheep genome. But unfortunately i could not find any things yet. My question is:

Is there any database for depositing Transposable Elements of mammalian genome ?

or how can I find these data (for example for sheep, cattle or human genome)?



ADD COMMENTlink modified 2.0 years ago by mollitz70 • written 5.6 years ago by Mohammad Reza Bakhtiarizadeh290
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2.0 years ago by
mollitz70 wrote:

The Hammel lab provides GTF annotations:

GTF files for gene annotation can be obtained from UCSC RefSeq, Ensembl, iGenomes or other annotation databases. GTF files for TE annotations are customly generated from UCSC RepeatMasker or other annotation database. They contain two custom attributes, class_id and family_id, corresponding to the class (e.g. LINE) and family (e.g. L1) of the corresponding transposable element. A unique ID (e.g. L1Md_Gf_dup1) is also assigned for each TE annotation in the transcript_id attribute. Pre-generated TE GTF files are available for a number of organisms, and can be downloaded here. If the organism or genome build of your interest is not available, please contact us and provide a curated annotation of the transposable elements (e.g. genomic location and TE name/type). We will do our best to help you generate the suitable TE GTF file. (

You can download them here:

ADD COMMENTlink modified 11 months ago • written 2.0 years ago by mollitz70
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5.6 years ago by
Devon Ryan97k
Freiburg, Germany
Devon Ryan97k wrote:

Transposable (aka, "mobile") elements are categorized as repeats in most genomes, so you'll need to start by downloading the repeatmasker track from UCSC. How you proceed with that will depend completely on (A) what you want to do and (B) what's known about the biology. In humans and mice, for example, it's known that some ERVs are still mobile, while others seem to not be. The simplest was to get a list of this is to filter repeat masker tracks by homology, length, etc.. You can find an example of that for the mouse here. That's based on a some human settings that someone else came up with (I can probably dig up the reference if needed). Not all of the candidate regions will be mobile, but it's a useful list to start with.

Of course, if it's unknown what, if any, families of repeats are still mobile in sheep then the best you can do is some filtering of some likely candidate families based on other organisms.

ADD COMMENTlink written 5.6 years ago by Devon Ryan97k

Thanks for your answer. then your mean is, there is not a file (in GTF format) which determine positions of Alu, SINE, LINE, LTR and ... in genome (even in human) ?

I have some SNPs and want to know which of them are in these regions.



ADD REPLYlink written 5.6 years ago by Mohammad Reza Bakhtiarizadeh290

You can download that from UCSC. But most Alu/SINE/etc. aren't mobile.

ADD REPLYlink written 5.6 years ago by Devon Ryan97k

I see, Thanks for taking your time

ADD REPLYlink written 5.6 years ago by Mohammad Reza Bakhtiarizadeh290
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