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Simultaneous isolation of cytoplasmic endoribonuclease and exoribonuclease of Trypanosoma brucei



Simultaneous isolation of cytoplasmic endoribonuclease and exoribonuclease of Trypanosoma brucei



Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 15.1: 37-47



An endoribonuclease and an exoribonuclease have been isolated simultaneously from the cytoplasm of Trypanosoma brucei by hydroxyapatite column chromatography. The endoribonuclease produced oligonucleotides from poly(adenylic acid) with 5'-phosphate and 3'-OH termini. The exoribonuclease produced only ribonucleoside 5'-phosphates from poly(adenylic acid). The relative rates of degradation of synthetic homopolynucleotides by the endoribonuclease under standard conditions were in the order poly(adenylic acid) greater than poly(uridylic acid) poly(cytidylic acid); for the exoribonuclease the order was poly(adenylic acid) poly(uridylic acid) greater than poly(cytidylic acid). Natural transfer and ribosomal RNAs were also degraded by both enzymes, while DNA was resistant to them. The optimal pH of activity for each enzyme was 7.5-8.0. Both ribonucleases require Ca2+ for maximum enzymatic activity.

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DOI: 10.1016/0166-6851(85)90027-1


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