Mar 29, 1982

Analysis of the membrane-associated poly(A)+RNA in the cytoplasm of dormant Artemia cysts by DNA excess hybridization. Evidence for a nuclear origin

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
M O Nilsson, T Hultin


Encysted embryos of Artemia contain latent mRNA, to a large extent associated with a fraction of cytoplasmic membranes. The membranes, purified by EDTA treatment and banding in a sucrose gradient at 1.17 g/cm3, include endoplasmic vesicles and mitochondria. The origin of the membrane-associated poly(A)+RNA was therefore investigated. In gel electrophoresis poly(A)+RNA from the purified membranes of dormant cysts forms two distinct bands at approx. 3 . 10(5) and 5 . 10(5) Da. Later during development the lighter component decreases. Nuclei from dormant cysts are devoid of poly(A)+RNA, while nuclei from developing embryos (50% emergence) contain a predominant poly(A)+RNA component of approx. 5 . 10(5) Da. 125I-labelled preparations of nuclear DNA and of nuclear and membrane-associated poly(A)+RNA were used in reassociation and hybridization experiments with excess nuclear DNA. Poly(A)+RNA from the membranes of dormant cysts hybridized to nuclear DNA to the same extent as the nuclear poly(A)+RNA from developing embryos. The hybridization of labelled, nuclear poly(A)+RNA to nuclear DNA was strongly inhibited by unlabelled membrane RNA from either dormant cysts or developing embryos. It is concluded that the stored, membrane-associa...Continue Reading

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Tissue Membrane
Adenine Polynucleotides
Nucleic Acid Renaturation
Nucleic Acid Hybridization Procedure
Cell Nucleus
Embryonic Structures, Nonmammalian

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