Initiation of RNA decay in Escherichia coli by 5' pyrophosphate removal.


The common belief that endonucleolytic cleavage is the initial, rate-determining step of mRNA decay in Escherichia coli fails to explain the influence of 5' termini on the half-lives of primary transcripts. We have re-examined the initial events of RNA degradation in that organism by devising an assay to probe the 5' phosphorylation state of RNA and by… (More)