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Gene. 1993 Dec 31;137(2):187-94.

The gamma-tubulin-encoding gene from the basidiomycete fungus, Ustilago violacea, has a long 5'-untranslated region.

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Department of Biology, University of Louisville, KY 40292.

Abstract

The gene (gamma-tub) encoding gamma-tubulin (gamma-Tub) was isolated from a cosmid library constructed for Ustilago violacea by using a PCR-amplified DNA fragment as a probe. About 2.8 kb of DNA sequence was analyzed and found to encode a protein of 469 amino acids highly homologous to the gamma-Tub from other organisms. There were eight introns interrupting the coding sequence. A 'TATA'-like sequence was found 389 bp upstream from the initial Met codon. No polyadenylation signal was found in the 3' non-coding region. Southern blot analyses indicated that gamma-tub is a single-copy gene. Northern blot analyses indicated that a 1.81-kb RNA species was transcribed. Primer extension experiments determined that the transcription start point (tsp) is at 58 bp downstream from the putative TATA box, with another possible tsp at 95 bp downstream. The long 5' non-coding sequence of the RNA contained several small open reading frames; their possible roles in the regulation of gamma-tub translation are discussed.

PMID:
8299946
DOI:
10.1016/0378-1119(93)90005-n
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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