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Mol Biochem Parasitol. 1992 Mar;51(1):55-64.

The 7SL RNA homologue of Trypanosoma brucei is closely related to mammalian 7SL RNA.

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Intercampus Program in Molecular Parasitology, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco.


In eukaryotes, protein translocation across the endoplasmic reticulum is mediated by a signal recognition particle, a small ribonucleoprotein (RNP) containing 7SL RNA. We have cloned and sequenced the gene coding for the Trypanosoma brucei 7SL RNA homologue and found that its sequence shows the highest degree of similarity to the human 7SL RNA sequence. In keeping with the prototype secondary structure of eukaryotic 7SL RNA, the trypanosome 7SL RNA secondary structure can be folded into four domains. The 7SL RNP, which sediments at approximately 11S on sucrose density gradients, was partially purified using column chromatography. A particle containing a 76-nucleotide-long RNA co-purified with the 7SL RNP; however, these particles did not co-fractionate by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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