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Cell. 1985 Jun;41(2):411-7.

DNA intermediates and telomere addition during genome reorganization in Euplotes crassus.


Three gene-sized molecules cloned intact from macronuclear DNA served as hybridization probes to study excision of these molecules from chromosomes and their processing during macronuclear development in the hypotrich Euplotes crassus. These molecules occur in integrated forms within polytene chromosomal DNA during macronuclear developmental. After transection of the polytene chromosomes, the three molecules occur in intermediate forms. One of the three molecules first appeared in a large intermediate that was subsequently replaced by a second intermediate, approximately 140 bp larger than the final molecule. The other two macronuclear molecules were detected only in intermediates approximately 140 bp larger than the mature form. These penultimate intermediates are larger by virtue of oversized telomeres, which are pared to yield the mature gene-sized molecules.

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