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Long range base-pairing in the leftward transcription unit of bacteriophage lambda. Characterization by electron microscopy and computer-aided sequence analysis



Long range base-pairing in the leftward transcription unit of bacteriophage lambda. Characterization by electron microscopy and computer-aided sequence analysis



Journal of Molecular Biology 179(3): 351-365



Restriction fragments of bacteriophage lambda DNA corresponding to the major leftward transcription unit were purified, denatured to form single-stranded DNA, self-annealed, and examined by electron microscopy. Three intrastrand stem and loop secondary structures were observed reproducibly and the locations of the paired regions were determined. A method for computer-aided sequence analysis of these regions is presented and used to identify sets of base-pairings likely to account for the observed structures. One loop observed within gene Ea47 is postulated to involve pairing of sequences which include the polypeptide initiation and termination codons. Another loop is postulated to involve pairing of sequences in gene int with sequences located in the gam-cIII region. A third loop appears to involve sequences in and to the right of gene Ea22 paired with sequences located in the bet-gam region. A general discussion of base-pairing which gives rise to long range interactions is presented along with possible effects of the postulated models on gene expression.

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