Polyadenylic Acid Sequences: Role in Conversion of Nuclear RNA into Messenger RNA

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Science  29 Oct 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4008, pp. 507-510
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4008.507


Polyadenylic acid [poly(A)] segments containing 150 to 250 nucleotides appear to be covalently linked to heterogeneous nuclear RNA (HnRNA) and messenger RNA (mRNA) in eucaryotic cells. The poly(A) is synthesized in the nucleus, and is probably linked initially to HnRNA that is ultimately transported as mRNA to the cytoplasm. Studies with inhibitors of RNA or poly(A) synthesis indicate that synthesis of poly(A) segments is independent of transcription. The poly(A) marker may prove useful to elucidate mRNA modification and transport in eucaryotic cells.

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