Characterization of cat messenger RNA decay suggests that turnover occurs by endonucleolytic cleavage in a 3′ to 5′ direction

Barbara J. Meyer, Janet L. Schottel

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Abstract

Turnover of the chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (cat) messenger RNA in Escherichia coli was investigated by analysis of cellular mRNA decay intermediates and the transcript sequence. Analysis of the sequence has revealed the presence of a repetitive extragenic palindromic (REP) element at the 3′ end of the transcript as well as several 5′‐UUAU‐3′ sequences, two elements which have roles in modulating turnover of other E. coli mRNAs. For cat mRNA, however, removal of the REP sequence has no effect on the half‐life of the transcript, indicating that the REP sequence does not stabilize the upstream region of this message. Results from mapping of the mRNA decay products by several techniques suggest that the message is instead subject to endonucleolytic attack at five sites 5′ of the REP element. The sequence UUAU is present at three of these five sites. It also appears that the cat mRNA is sequentially cleaved in a 3′ to 5′ direction during turnover of this mRNA in vivo. A model for cat mRNA turnover is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1104
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular Microbiology
Volume6
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1992

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