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FEBS Lett. 1989 Nov 6;257(2):251-3.

Secretory protein synthesis in Chironomus salivary gland cells is not coupled with protein translocation across endoplasmic reticulum membranes. Electron microscopic evidence.

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  • 1Institute of Cytology and Genetics, Academy of Sciences, USSR Siberian Division, Novosibirsk.


Fragments of rough endoplasmic reticulum containing polysomes bound to the membranes only at the 5 end were visualized in electron microscopic spreads from Chironomus thummi salivary gland cells. The length of the nascent protein molecules in the polysomes increased from the 5 to the 3 (free) polysome end. The data obtained disagree with the generally accepted model according to which synthesis of secretory proteins is concomitant with the protein transport across the endoplasmic membrane.

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