M. L. Muhich

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Maturation of mRNA precursors in trypanosomes involves an apparent trans splicing event in which a 39-nucleotide miniexon sequence, common to all trypanosome mRNAs, is joined to the 5' end of a protein-coding exon. We demonstrate that the processing machinery responsible for the maturation of tubulin mRNA precursors in Trypanosoma brucei can be disrupted by(More)
Proper initiation of transcription by RNA polymerase II requires the TATA-consensus-binding transcription factor TFIID. A cDNA clone encoding the Drosophila TFIID protein has been isolated and characterized. The deduced amino acid sequence reveals an open reading frame of 353 residues. The carboxyl-terminal 180 amino acids are approximately 80% identical to(More)
We have isolated and characterized a developmentally regulated gene in Trypanosoma brucei, arbitrarily termed BS2. BS2 mRNA is substantially more abundant in bloodstream-form trypanosomes than in procyclic culture forms. Its nucleotide sequence reveals a single contiguous open-reading frame of 497 codons and is predicted to encode a protein of approximately(More)
A 2.76 kb segment of the 12 kb divergent region of the Leishmania tarentolae kinetoplast maxicircle DNA consists almost entirely of repeated sequences. The repeats can be grouped into six families, some of which are present throughout the remainder of the divergent region. The repeats are oriented in a head-to-tail fashion with the three simplest repeats(More)
Synthesis of mRNA in trypanosomes involves an apparent trans-splicing reaction whereby a common 39-nucleotide mini-exon sequence is joined to the protein-coding exon of a mRNA precursor. We have previously shown (Muhich, M. L., and Boothroyd, J. C. (1988) Mol. Cell. Biol. 8, 3837-3846) that the trans-splicing pathway of Trypanosoma brucei is sensitive to(More)
A repeated sequence from the Crithidia fasciculata nuclear genome has been isolated which is homologous to the mini-exon genes of other kinetoplastid protozoa. Sequence analysis of the 417 bp monomeric unit confirmed the presence of a 35 nt sequence within the repeat that is 77% homologous with the Trypanosoma brucei 35-mer mini-exon or spliced leader(More)
Transcripts for six Leishmania tarentolae maxicircle structural genes (cytochrome oxidase subunits I, II and III, cytochrome b, human mitochondrial unidentified reading frames 4 and 5) and several unidentified open reading frames were mapped, and the locations of the 5' ends determined by primer runoff analysis. All genes studied here are transcribed from(More)
Multiple sequence classes of kinetoplast minicircle DNA from Leishmania tarentolae were cleaved by mung bean nuclease in the presence of formamide, yielding unit length linear molecules which retained the anomalous electrophoretic mobility in acrylamide characteristic of minicircle DNA. No specific cleavage site sequence common to all minicircle sequence(More)
The synthesis of most, if not all, mRNA in trypanosomes involves the splicing in trans of two RNA molecules. One of these includes the common 5' mini-exon or spliced-leader sequence, while the other contains the complete protein-coding exon sequence for a given gene. We have recently shown that trans-splicing of tubulin transcripts is disrupted by heat(More)
The conserved portions of the maxicircle DNAs of Leishmania tarentolae and Trypanosoma brucei are organized in a basically colinear manner over a 15- to 17-kilobase region that is interrupted by two small less-homologous sequences. The most highly conserved regions are those encoding the 9S and 12S genes. An approximately 12-kilobase region directly(More)