The bona fide mouse U7 snRNA gene maps to a different chromosome than two U7 pseudogenes.

Turner, P C; Whalen, A; Schümperli, Daniel; Matera, A G (1996). The bona fide mouse U7 snRNA gene maps to a different chromosome than two U7 pseudogenes. Genomics, 31(2), pp. 250-252. Elsevier 10.1006/geno.1996.0042

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The U7 snRNA, together with both common and unique snRNP proteins, forms the U7 snRNP particle. This particle is a major component of the 3' processing machinery that converts histone pre-mRNA into mature mRNA in the eukaryotic nucleus. The genes for many snRNAs are present in multiple copies and often have many pseudogenes. Southern blot experiments using U7 oligonucleotide and gene probes have identified only one strongly hybridizing band and three weakly hybridizing bands in mouse genomic DNA. Previously, two laboratories isolated genomic clones encoding one functional U7 gene and three presumed pseudogenes. Since all the genes were isolated on separate, nonoverlapping genomic fragments, the four genes are not tightly clustered in the mouse genome. In this study, we use fluorescence in situ hybridization to determine the chromosomal locations of these clones and their possible linkage to histone loci. Two of the pseudogenes map to mouse Chromosome 1, but are many megabases apart, whereas the active U7 gene maps to Chromosome 6. Possible mechanisms for this localization pattern are discussed.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Biology > Institute of Cell Biology

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Schümperli, Daniel


500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology








Daniel Schümperli

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10 Mar 2016 16:35

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05 Dec 2022 14:52

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