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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 1985 Apr;82(8):2452-5.

An unusual genetic code in nuclear genes of Tetrahymena.

Abstract

We have cloned and partially sequenced two histone H3 genes of Tetrahymena thermophila. The DNA sequences strongly suggest that both genes are active in the vegetatively growing cell. Comparison of the derived amino acid sequences of these two genes with the actual sequence of Tetrahymena histone H3 results in the surprising conclusion that TAA codes for glutamine. This represents the first demonstration of a coding function for this termination codon of the "universal" code. This observation has important implications for the evolution of ciliates and of the genetic code.

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