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Plant Mol Biol. 1996 May;31(2):365-72.

A reverse transcriptase activity in potato mitochondria.

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Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas, Facultad de Química y Biología, Universidad de Santiago, Chile.


A reverse transcriptase activity has been detected in potato mitochondria using special RNAs as templates: a bacterial RNA coding for neomycin phosphotransferase (neo pa RNA) and a Neurospora crassa mitochondrial RNA (184 nt RNA). Surprisingly, no exogenous primer addition was required. These RNA templates share a primary and secondary structure similar to the T psi CG loop of tRNAs that could constitute the recognition site for the enzyme. Reverse transcriptase activity was inhibited by ddTTP, ethidium bromide and aphidicolin, while potato mitochondrial DNA polymerase was not inhibited by aphidicolin indicating that these activities correspond to distinct enzymes. A conserved sequence of reverse transcriptases was detected in potato mitochondrial DNA suggesting that this enzyme could be mitochondrially encoded.

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