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Gene. 1986;44(1):159-64.

Neurospora crassa ribosomal DNA: sequence of internal transcribed spacer and comparison with N. intermedia and N. sitophila.


Using [32P]DNA probes from a clone containing 17S, 5.8S and 26S rRNA of Neurospora crassa, the remainder of the repeat unit (RU) for ribosomal DNA (rDNA) has been cloned. Combining restriction analysis of the cloned DNA and restriction digests of genomic DNA, the RU was found to be 8.7 kb. The nucleotide sequence was determined for the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions one and two, for 5.8S rRNA and for portions of 17S and 26S rRNAs immediately flanking the ITS regions, and compared to the corresponding region of Saccharomyces carlsbergensis. In addition, a comparative restriction analysis of two other Neurospora species was performed using twelve restriction endonucleases. Genomic DNA blots of rDNA from N. intermedia and N. sitophila revealed rDNA RUs of 8.4 kb. The majority of differences in restriction patterns were confined to sequences outside the mature rRNA regions. However, one SmaI recognition site was found in 26S rRNA of N. crassa and N. sitophila but not in N. intermedia.

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