inverted repeat

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in·vert·ed re·peat

(in-vert'ĕd rē-pēt'),
A sequence of nucleotides that is repeated nearly without change except in the opposite direction, usually at some point distant from the original sequence; often associated with gene insertion.
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inverted repeat (IR)

a short sequence in a duplex DNA molecule which is repeated in the reverse orientation, either immediately adjacent or after an intervening sequence

After denaturing a duplex containing an inverted repeat, the single-stranded DNA may fold back and form a HAIRPIN or hairpin loop upon renaturing. Compare DIRECT REPEAT.

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Although these two sequences were not found in the IGS rDNA sequences of the two pig nodule worms examined in this study, two similar sites, with sequences of 57GCTGGTGT-37 93 bp upstream of the 5' end of direct repeat B and of 5,-CCTGGCGG-37 9bp downstream of the 3' end of inverted repeat I, were found in the IGS rDNA sequences of O.
The palindrome in EMBOSS 6.3.1 [24] (http://mobyle was used to identify inverted repeats in the Oesophagostomum species.
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They exhibit a conserved quadripartite structure consisting of one large single copy (LSC) region, one small single copy (SSC) region, and two copies of inverted repeats (IR).
Different oligonucleotides with inverted repeats were designed to form hairpin loop structures to test efficiency of the sodium bisulfite reaction method.
The amplification products are stem-loop DNA structures with several inverted repeats of the target and cauliflower-like structures with multiple loops, yielding >500 [micro]g/mL.
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