Evidence for the absence of the G-T-psi-C sequence from two mammalian initiator transfer RNAs.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

PubMedID: 4352221

Petrissant G. Evidence for the absence of the G-T-psi-C sequence from two mammalian initiator transfer RNAs. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1973;70(4):1046-9.
Analyses were performed on the purified initiator tRNA from rabbit liver to test for the presence of Psip and Tp in this molecule. Neither of these nucleotides could be detected after hydrolysis by piperidine, NaOH, or T2 RNase. Similarly digestion with venom phosphodiesterase plus phosphatase failed to release any pseudourdine or ribothymidine. Identical results were obtained with the initiator tRNA from sheep mammary gland. The absence of these nucleosides was confirmed by pancreatic and T1 RNase digestion of the rabbit-liver initiator tRNA. The classical G-T-Psi-C sequence was not detected in this molecule. An A-U-C-G sequence has been identified; it may possibly replace the G-T-Psi-C sequence.