We investigated the apparent requirement that Q beta replicase must add a nontemplated adenosine to the 3' end of newly synthesized RNA strands. We used abbreviated MDV-1 (+)-RNA templates that lacked either 62 or 63 nucleotides at their 5' end in Q beta replicase reactions. The MDV-1 (-)-RNA strands synthesized from these abbreviated (+)-strand templates were released from the replication complex, yet they did not possess a nontemplated 3'-terminal adenosine. These results imply that, despite observations that all naturally occurring RNAs synthesized by Q beta replicase possess a nontemplated 3'-adenosine, the addition of an extra adenosine is not an obligate step for the release of completed strands. Since the abbreviated templates lacked a normal 5' end, it is probable that a particular sequence at the 5' end of the template is required for terminal adenylation to occur.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal of Biological Chemistry|
|State||Published - Feb 10 1983|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Cell Biology