Sep 18, 1979

Comparison of complexity and diversity of polyadenylated polysomal and informosomal messenger ribonucleic acid from Chinese hamster cells

R A WaltersM D Enger


The sequence complexity and relative abundance of cytoplasmic polyadenylated polysomal (ribosome-bound) mRNA and cytoplasmic polyadenylated informosomal (ribosome-free) mRNA were analyzed in exponentially growing Chinese hamster cells (line CHO) using the technique of cDNA hybridization to excess poly(A)+ mRNA. Polysomal and informosomal mRNAs had similar complexities ( approximately 8300 mRNA species), but both the fraction of mRNA and the number of sequences comprising the mRNA abundance classes were different. Heterologous annealing reactions showed that all of the mRNA sequences detected were shared by the polysomal and informosomal mRNAs. However, the most abundant informosomal mRNA component was considerably different from the most abundant polysomal mRNA component. For a more detailed analysis, cDNA complementary to the most abundant informosomal and polysomal mRNAs was isolated. By use of the fractionated cDNA, it could be demonstrated that the most abundant informosomal mRNA sequences were distributed in the polysomal mRNA with an approximately fivefold reduction in relative frequency. These results are not compatible with models postulating translational control of gene expression by the complete sequestering of some ...Continue Reading

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Chinese Hamster
Adenine Polynucleotides
Nucleic Acid Hybridization Procedure
Transcription Initiation
Cell Nucleus
Gene Expression
Poly A
Cellular Entity Sequestering

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