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EMBO J. 1990 Apr;9(4):1259-66.

The IS10 transposase mRNA is destabilized during antisense RNA control.

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Department of Microbiology, University of California, Los Angeles 90024.


RNA stability is an important component of gene expression, and antisense RNAs have been proposed to alter target RNA stability. We show here that the IS10 transposase mRNA, RNA-IN, is rendered unstable during control by the IS10 antisense RNA, RNA-OUT. Destabilization requires RNA-OUT/RNA-IN pairing and ribonuclease III cleavage. Independent of such cleavage, RNA-OUT is rendered unstable through disruption of its secondary structure. Pairing has no other obvious effects on RNA-IN transcription or stability. Nevertheless, RNA-IN destabilization is not required for antisense control in vivo. In the accompanying paper [Ma,C. and Simons, R.W. (1990) EMBO J., 9, 1267-1274 we show that pairing blocks ribosome binding to RNA-IN. Were it not for control at this level, destabilization would play a more prominent role.

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