Polyadenylate-containing RNA in dormant and germinating sporangiospores of Rhizopus stolonifer

James L. Van Etten, Shelby N. Freer

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Polyadenylic acid [poly(A)]segments and polyadenylate-containing [poly(A+)] RNAs were isolated from dormant and germinating sporangiospores of Rhizopus stolonifer. At all stages of germination the poly(A) segments (i) composed about 0.1% of the total RNA, (ii) averaged about 33 residues in length, and (iii) were attached to large heterodisperse RNA molecules. From this information and knowing the weight of RNA per spore, we estimated that each dormant spore contained about 6.6 × 105 molecules of poly(A+) RNA. Translation of the spore poly(A+) RNA in vitro revealed that at least some of these molecules were functional messenger RNAs and that they coded for the synthesis of many discrete polypeptides.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-312
Number of pages12
JournalExperimental Mycology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1978


  • RNA
  • Rhizopus stolonifer
  • messenger
  • poly(A)
  • spores
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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