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Transcription of ribosomal RNA cistrons: Correlation of morphological and biochemical data

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  • Electron microscopic spread preparations of oocyte nucleoli (lampbrush stage) of various amphibians are quantitatively evaluated and the length distributions of repeat-, matrix-, and spacer-units along the rRNA cistron containing axes are given. The correlation of the matrix unit data with the gel electrophoretic pattern of labelled nuclear RNA from the same oocytes is examined. The mean value of the matrix unit corresponds fairly well to a 2.6 million D peak of pre-rRNA but the distribution of both matrix units and labelled pre-rRNAs shows anElectron microscopic spread preparations of oocyte nucleoli (lampbrush stage) of various amphibians are quantitatively evaluated and the length distributions of repeat-, matrix-, and spacer-units along the rRNA cistron containing axes are given. The correlation of the matrix unit data with the gel electrophoretic pattern of labelled nuclear RNA from the same oocytes is examined. The mean value of the matrix unit corresponds fairly well to a 2.6 million D peak of pre-rRNA but the distribution of both matrix units and labelled pre-rRNAs shows an asymmetrical heterogeneity indicating the existence of some larger primary transcription products of rDNA. Novel structural aspects are described in the spacer regions which suggest that transcription does also take place in DNP regions between the matrix units. A special "prelude piece" coding for approx. 0.5 million D of RNA is frequently visualized in the spacer segments at the beginning of a matrix unit. Possible artifacts resulting from the preparation, the relative congruence between the data obtained using both methods, and the functional meaning of the findings are discussed against the background of current concepts of structural organization and transcription products of nucleolar DNA.show moreshow less

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Author: Ulrich Scheer, Michael F. Trendelenburg, Werner W. Franke
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-32195
Document Type:Journal article
Faculties:Fakultät für Biologie / Theodor-Boveri-Institut für Biowissenschaften
Language:English
Year of Completion:1973
Source:In: Experimental Cell Research (1973) 80, 175-190.
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 57 Biowissenschaften; Biologie / 570 Biowissenschaften; Biologie
Release Date:2009/01/08