M1 RNA with large terminal deletions retains its catalytic activity.

Truncated transcripts of the rnpB gene from E. coli, coding for M1 RNA, the catalytic subunit of RNAase P, and fragments of M1 RNA generated by nuclease treatment have been prepared, and their ability to function catalytically in vitro has been determined. Molecules missing as many as 122 nucleotides at the 3' terminus retain catalytic activity, although at… (More)