Selenocysteine tRNA[Ser]Sec gene is ubiquitous within the animal kingdom.

Recently, a mammalian tRNA which was previously designated as an opal suppressor seryl-tRNA and phosphoseryl-tRNA was shown to be a selenocysteyl-tRNA (B. J. Lee, P. J. Worland, J. N. Davis, T. C. Stadtman, and D. Hatfield, J. Biol. Chem. 264:9724-9727, 1989). Hence, this tRNA is now designated as selenocysteyl-tRNA[Ser]Sec, and its function is twofold, to… CONTINUE READING