Preferential initiation at the second AUG of the measles virus F mRNA: a role for the long untranslated region.

@article{Cathomen1995PreferentialIA,
  title={Preferential initiation at the second AUG of the measles virus F mRNA: a role for the long untranslated region.},
  author={Toni Cathomen and Christian J Buchholz and Pius Spielhofer and Roberto B Cattaneo},
  journal={Virology},
  year={1995},
  volume={214 2},
  pages={628-32}
}
In the measles virus fusion (F) mRNA, a 574-bases-long untranslated region (UTR), is followed by three clustered AUGs at codon positions 1 (AUG1), 4 (AUG2), and 15 (AUG3). We established that only translation initiation on AUG1 or AUG2 leads to the synthesis of functional F proteins. In the presence of the UTR translation initiation occurs almost exclusively at AUG2. In its absence, the ribosomes initiate also from AUG1 or AUG3. 

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