Structural analysis of the internal transcribed spacer 2 of the precursor ribosomal RNA from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Lee Chuan C. Yeh, John C. Lee

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Abstract

Full-length precursor ribosomal RNA molecules (6440 bases) were produced in vitro using a plasmid containing the yeast 35 S pre-rRNA operon under the control of phage T7 promoter. The higher-order structure of the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS-2) region (between the 5.8 S and 25 S rRNA sequence) in the pre-rRNA molecule was investigated using a combination of enzymatic and chemical structural probes. The data were used to evaluate several structural models predicted by a minimum free-energy calculation. The results supported a model in which the 3′ end of the 5.8 S rRNA and the 5′ end of the 25 S rRNA are hydrogen-bonded better than the one in which the ends are not. The model contains a high degree of secondary structure with several stable hairpins. Similar structural models for the ITS-2 regions of Schizosaccharomyces pombe, Saccharomyces carlsbergensis, mung bean and Xenopus laevis were derived. Certain common folding features appear to be conserved, in spite of extensive sequence divergence. The yeast model should be useful as a prototype in future investigations of the structure, function and processing of pre-rRNA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-712
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Volume211
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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