We studied the sequences transcribed in the rare class of hnRNA and the rare maternal RNA set in blastula embryos and a tissue of adult sea urchins, coelomocytes. About 26 % of labelled single-copy DNA formed hybrids which bound to hydroxyapatite after three cycles of hybridization with nuclear RNA from blastulae and coelomocytes. This corresponds to transcription of about 50 % of the single-copy genome by both cell populations. To compare the rare hnRNA sequences synthesized by blastulae and coelomocytes directly, labelled single-copy DNA was hybridized with blastula nuclear RNA to high RNA C0t, fractionated into sequences complementary and non-complementary to blastula nuclear RNA by chromotography on hydroxyapatite, and then each fraction was rehybridized with nuclear RNA from blastulae and coelomocytes. About 62 % of the labelled DNA complementary to blastula nuclear RNA and about 1·5 % of the labelled DNA non-complementary to blastula nuclear RNA hybridized with nuclear RNA from both cell populations. Thus, coelomocytes and blastula embryos transcribe essentially the same single-copy sequences in the rare hnRN A class. A probe for the rare maternal RNA set was isolated by hybridizing single-copy DNA with total egg RNA to high RNA C0t. 65–67 % of this probe hybridized with whole-cell RNA from eggs, blastulae, plutei and coelomocytes demonstrating that essentially all rare maternal RNAs are present, and presumably transcribed, in blastulae, plutei and coelomocytes.
Transcription of similar sets of rare maternal RNAs and rare nuclear RNAs in sea urchin blastulae and adult coelomocytes
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Kenneth C. Kleene, Tom Humphreys; Transcription of similar sets of rare maternal RNAs and rare nuclear RNAs in sea urchin blastulae and adult coelomocytes. Development 1 February 1985; 85 (1): 131–149. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.85.1.131
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