Organization of the ribosomal RNA genes in Schistosoma mansoni

Harry Van Keulen, Philip T. Loverde, Libuse A. Bobek, David M. Rekosh

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The organization of the rRNA genes of Schistosoma mansoni has been determined by Southern blot analysis of genomic DNA digested with restriction enzymes, by isolation of the entire repeat on a single fragment of about 11 kilobase pairs from a genomic DNA library constructed in bacteriophage lambhda and by characterization of three cloned EcoRI fragments which span the entire repeat. The segments encoding both the large and small rRNA subunits have been identified using specific cloned yeast rDNA fragments as probes and EcoRI, HindIII and BamHI restriction enzyme maps of the rRNA genes were constructed. The ends of the RNAs have been precisely mapped on the genomic DNA by S1 protection experiments. Our data indicate that the rRNA genes are present as a tight cluster. The total length of the rDNA repeat is about 10 kilobase pairs. There appears to be no variation in the size of transcribed and non-transcribed spacer DNA. At the RNA level we have characterized and mapped a small gap in the 28S RNA molecule. The interruption causes the RNA to dissociate into two equal sized fragments when analyzed under denaturing conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-230
Number of pages16
JournalMolecular and Biochemical Parasitology
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1985


  • Ribosomal RNA genes
  • Schistosoma mansoni

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Molecular Biology


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