PMID: 107638Mar 1, 1979

Characteristics of DNA in vegetative specimens of Bursaria truncatella

S N Borkhsenius, G I Sergeeva


DNA from Bursaria truncatella was isolated and purified by conventional methods. The DNA base content was calculated from both centrifugation in CsCl and melting. The GC-content is 24%. In CsCl density gradient 3H-DNA is banded as a single peak at a range 1.682--1.688 g/cm3 with the maximum at 1.684 g/cm3. The Tm in 0.12 M FB (pH 6.8) was 79 degrees C. About 50% of DNA seems to be represented by highly repetitive sequences, another 50% being made of single-copy sequences (a preliminary data on DNA-DNA reassotiation kinetics). For the estimation of the molecular weight of DNA, the cells were lysed immediately before the centrifugation, at the surface of the alkaline isokinetic sucrose gradient solution. Two components of DNA were detected with molecular weights 10-10(6) and 100-10(6) daltons. It is likely that these two components belong to the macronuclear DNA, because according to cytophotometrical evidence the DNA content in the macronucleus of B. truncatella is 2500 times as much as that in its micronucleus.

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