Localization of an acetylcholine receptor intron to the nuclear membrane

Science  12 Jan 1990:
Vol. 247, Issue 4939, pp. 212-214
DOI: 10.1126/science.1688472


The first intron of the RNA for the acetylcholine receptor (AChR) alpha subunit shows a ringlike distribution around nuclei in multinucleated myotubes by in situ hybridization. This pattern is not observed for an actin intron or U1 RNA. Quantitation of the intron sequences reveals large variations in the amount of both the AChR and actin introns between nuclei within the same myotube, although all nuclei express equivalent amounts of U1 RNA. This differential RNA expression indicates that nuclei can individually control expression of messenger RNAs. The restricted distribution of the AChR intron RNA suggests a previously unknown step in RNA processing.