The 5' terminal structures of murine α and β globin messenger RNA

T. C. Cheng, H. H. Kazazian

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Abstract

The 5' terminal structures of murine α and β globin mRNA were determined after incubating cells of the erythropoiety spleens of mice with [methyl 3H]methionine. Globin mRNA was obtained from total cellular RNA by oligo(dT) cellulose chromatography followed by elution of mRNA from formamide gels after electrophoresis. The globin mRNA was then hydrolyzed with KOH or digested with a combination of R Ase T2 and bacterial alkaline phosphatase, and 5' terminal structures were isolated by DEAE cellulose chromatography. The methylated nucleotides of these 5' structures were determined following digestion with specific ribonucleases and bacterial alkaline phosphatase. Analyses of mRNA fractions enriched for either α or β mRNA gave similar results. Our data indicate that murine α and β globin mRNAs are identical through the first three nucleotides and that partial dimethylation exists at the second position: m7(5') [m6A(m)/A(m)]pC(m)pNp.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1758-1763
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Volume252
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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