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Dev Biol 1991 Jun 01;1452:255-65. doi: 10.1016/0012-1606(91)90124-l.
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Polyubiquitin RNA characteristics and conditional induction in sea urchin embryos.

Nemer M , Rondinelli E , Infante D , Infante AA .

A cDNA of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus was identified as encoding polyubiquitin and used to detect a single gene with transcripts containing multiple ubiquitin coding units. Polyubiquitin transcripts exist as a 3.2-kb RNA in polyribosomes and as three higher molecular weight RNAs in purified nuclei. The amount of polyubiquitin RNA is essentially constant at 10(4) -10(5) transcripts per embryo during the egg-to-blastula period and then declines during further development. Heat shock elicits a transient increase in the level of polyubiquitin RNA, while Zn(II) ions induce a sustained accumulation, that is influenced by developmental parameters: One round of Zn(II) induction elicits the accumulation of the nuclear 7.6- and 5.6-kb RNAs, as well as the 3.2-kb polysomal RNA; however, a second round of induction yields only the 5.6- and 3.2-kb RNAs, suggestive of a change in pre-mRNA size or processing. Polyubiquitin RNA is expressed equally in ectodermal and mesoendodermal tissues and is induced in both tissue fractions by treatment of pluteus larvae with Zn(II). However, in isolated and cultured tissue fractions, polyubiquitin RNA is not inducible by Zn(II), in contrast to the full inducibility of metallothionein mRNAs. Polyubiquitin RNA induction thus appears to be conditioned by the integrity of the embryo, as well as by previous exposure to inducer.

PubMed ID: 1645680
Article link: Dev Biol
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Genes referenced: LOC100887844