Alignments and stem-loop structures of five novel mosquito pre-miRNAs. See Table 1 for naming and sequence locations of these miRNAs. Left panels are the hairpin structures. Right panels are the sequence alignments between Ae. aegypti miRNAs (aae-miRNAs) and Cx. quinquefasciatus miRNAs (cqu-miRNAs). Arrows point to the mature miRNA sequences from 5' to 3'. In the case of miR-M1, there are two physically linked copies in both Ae. aegypti and Cx. quinquefasciatus, as shown in the alignment and in Table 1. The two copies in Ae. aegypti produce the same mature miRNAs and the hairpins are named -1 and -2. The two copies in Cx. quinquefasciatus are named -1a and -1b because their mature miRNAs differ by one nucleotide. Only the hairpin structure for aae-miR-M1-1 is shown. All five miRNAs shown in panel A have homologs in An. gambiae.
Li et al. BMC Genomics 2009 10:581 doi:10.1186/1471-2164-10-581