PMID: 1081601Dec 1, 1975

Effect of cordycepin (3'-deoxyadenosine) on virus-specific RNA species synthesized in Newcastle disease virus-infected cells

Journal of Virology
S R Weiss, M A Bratt


Cordycepin (3'-deoxyadenosine) has no effect on the size or relative proportions of Newcastle disease virus-specific 18-22S mRNA species nor on the amount or size of the polyadenylic acid associated with them. Cordycepin does, however, cause an inhibition of incorporation of [3H]uridine into 50S virus-specific RNA relative to 18-22S RNA. This inhibition is probably not a direct effect of the drug on the synthesis of 50S viral RNA. Like cycloheximide, another drug which inhibits 50S RNA accumulation in paramyxovirus-infected cells, cordycepin inhibits protein synthesis as measured by amino acid incorporation. It is likely that the inhibition of 50S RNA accumulation is a secondary effect of protein synthesis inhibition. This is supported by the finding that concentrations of cordycepin and cycloheximide, which inhibit protein synthesis to the same extent, have the same effect on the ratio of 50 to 18-22S virus-specific RNA.

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