5S RNA may not have highly ordered structure like 4S RNAS

Tewari, D. S. ; Burma, D. P. (1982) 5S RNA may not have highly ordered structure like 4S RNAS Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 109 (1). pp. 256-261. ISSN 0006-291X

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The rates of hydrolysis of the following polyribonucleotides as catalysed by RNase I, an enzyme specific for single stranded RNAs, follow the sequence shown; poly (A) > 23S RNA > 5S RNA »16S RNA > 4S RNA = poly (I)·poly (C). The rates were measured by direct spectrophotometric as well as by trichloroacetic acid precipitation methods. The extents of inhibition of RNase I-catalysed hydrolysis of poly (A) by each of the above-mentioned polyribonucleotides follow the reverse order. Taking into account the fact that double stranded RNAs are inhibitory to RNase I it may be concluded from the above results that 5S RNA has much less ordered structure than 4S RNAs. This prediction is contrary to expectations and its validity will be known when the tertiary structure of 5S RNA will be worked out. These results also indicate that 16S RNA may have more folded structure than 23S RNA.

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