Ribosomal RNA Synthesis and Processing in a Particulate Site in the HeLa Cell Nucleus

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Science  11 Nov 1966:
Vol. 154, Issue 3750, pp. 786-789
DOI: 10.1126/science.154.3750.786


A particulate fraction has been isolated from detergent-prepared HeLa cell nuclei. The fraction consists largely of organelles that resemble the nucleoli of intact cells. The 45S RNA that is precursor to 28S and 18S ribosomal RNA is associated with the fraction. The 32S RNA that is labeled after the 45S RNA and is the apparent precursor to 28S RNA is also associated with the fraction. The nucleoplasm contains 28S RNA that behaves as an intermediate between the 32S nucleolar RNA and the 28S cytoplasmic RNA.