Group II self-splicing introns in bacteria.


Like nuclear premessenger introns, group II self-splicing introns are excised from primary transcripts as branched molecules, containing a 2'-5' phosphodiester bond. For this reason, it is widely believed that the ribozyme (catalytic RNA) core of group II introns, or some evolutionarily related molecule, gave rise to the RNA components of the spliceosomal… (More)