Nucleoside Triphosphate Termini from RNA Synthesized in vivo by Escherichia coli

Science  30 May 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3883, pp. 1067-1070
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3883.1067


Alkaline hydrolyzates of RNA made in vivo by Escherichia coli contain ribonucleoside-3'-monophosphate-5'-triphosphates. These probably arise by hydrolysis of the initial nucleoside triphosphate from the 5' terminus of the nascent RNA chains. Logarithmically growing cultures, labeled for 45 seconds with 32P-labeled phosphate, yield about 2000 molecules of labeled tetraphosphate per cell, this yield increasing only slightly with continued labeling. Only the tetraphosphates of adenosine and guanosine have been found in Escherichia coli, and these two are present in approximately equal amounts.