Efficient and accurate in vitro processing of simian virus 40-associated small RNA

N. Hay, O. Amster-Choder, Y. Aloni

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Nuclei were isolated from simian virus 40 (SV40)-infected cells with a hypotonic, detergent-free buffer and incubated in vitro in a high-ionic-strength buffer containing [α-32P]UTP. The labeled viral RNAs produced were analyzed by gel electrophoresis together with 3-h-labeled viral RNAs extracted from SV40-infected cells. The in vitro-synthesized RNA contained a major RNA species of 62 to 64 nucleotides that appeared on the gel at the same position as in vivo-synthesized SV40-associated small RNA (SAS-RNA). Analyses of the in vitro-synthesized 62- to 64-nucleotide RNA by hybridization to restriction fragments and by the use of an SAS-RNA deletion mutant clearly identified it as SAS-RNA. The intensity of the band of the in vitro-synthesized SAS-RNA increased with an increase in the labeling time or when a short pulse was followed by a chase. Moreover, the SAS-RNA band disappeared when ITP replaced GTP in the transcription reaction mixture. These results indicate that SAS-RNA is processed from a precursor molecule and that an RNA secondary structure could be an element recognized by the processing enzyme.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)402-407
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Virology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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