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Official Full Name
maelstrom spermatogenic transposon silencer
Background
Plays a central role during spermatogenesis by repressing transposable elements and prevent their mobilization, which is essential for the germline integrity. Acts via the piRNA metabolic process, which mediates the repression of transposable elements during meiosis by forming complexes composed of piRNAs and Piwi proteins and govern the methylation and subsequent repression of transposons. Its association with piP-bodies suggests a participation in the secondary piRNAs metabolic process. Required for localization of germ-cell factors to the meiotic nuage.
Synonyms
MAEL; maelstrom homolog (Drosophila); AU019877; 4933405K18Rik; protein maelstrom homolog; cancer/testis antigen 128; CT128; FLJ14904; RP11-102C16.1; CT128, SPATA35, RP11-102C16.1