Multiple physical forms of excised group II intron RNAs in wheat mitochondria

  title={Multiple physical forms of excised group II intron RNAs in wheat mitochondria},
  author={Jennifer Li-Pook-Than and Linda Bonen},
  journal={Nucleic Acids Research},
  pages={2782 - 2790}
Plant mitochondrial group II introns do not all possess hallmark ribozymic features such as the bulged adenosine involved in lariat formation. To gain insight into their splicing pathways, we have examined the physical form of excised introns in germinating wheat embryos. Using RT-PCR and cRT-PCR, we observed conventional lariats consistent with a two-step transesterification pathway for introns such as nad2 intron 4, but this was not the case for the cox2 intron or nad1 intron 2. For cox2, we… CONTINUE READING

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