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Exp Cell Res. 1993 Sep;208(1):275-81.

Nonisotopic ultrastructural mapping of transcription sites within the nucleolus.

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Institute of Experimental Medicine, Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic, Prague.


A nonradioactive ultrastructural method based on the incorporation of 5-bromouridine-5'-triphosphate into the RNA of streptolysin O-permeabilized cultured HeLa cells is described and used for the visualization of rRNA transcription sites. Even though the method provides much better resolution than ultrastructural autoradiography, the results obtained do not allow the assignment of rRNA transcription to a single nucleolar structural component. We locate the rRNA transcription sites at the border region of fibrillar centers with dense fibrillar components. In addition, the method represents a convenient tool for the in situ immunodetection of extranucleolar RNA synthesis.

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