Skip to main content
Article thumbnail
Location of Repository

Discontinuous transcription generates heterogeneity at the leader fusion sites of coronavirus mRNAs.

By S Makino, L H Soe, C K Shieh and M M Lai


Coronavirus mRNA is synthesized by a discontinuous transcription process, which involves a free leader RNA species. As a result, each virus-specific mRNA contains an identical leader RNA derived from the 5', end of the genomic RNA. In this study, we demonstrate by primer extension studies that the leader-fusion sites on a given species of coronavirus subgenomic mRNA are heterogeneous. The heterogeneity was due to variation in the number of pentanucleotide (UCUAA) repeats present at the leader fusion site. This pentanucleotide repeat region was complementary between the free leader RNA and the transcription start sites on the template RNA. This result suggests that the discontinuous transcription of coronavirus mRNAs occurs within the complementary sequences localized in two different RNA segments and that RNA joining occurs at variable sites

Topics: Research Article
Year: 1988
OAI identifier:
Provided by: PubMed Central
Sorry, our data provider has not provided any external links therefore we are unable to provide a link to the full text.

Suggested articles

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.