Deletion of a yeast small nuclear RNA gene impairs growth

D. Tollervey*, C. Guthrie

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We have cloned and sequenced the single copy gene SNR10 which encodes the yeast small nuclear RNA, snR10. This species does not show obvious primary sequence homology to any previously identified small nuclear RNA. As an inital step towards determining the function of snR10, we have introduced insertions and deletions into the chromosomal copy of the gene. Strains lacking an intact copy of SNR10 are viable but considerably imparied in growth, particularly at elevated osmotic strengths or low temperatures; at 25 degrees C the doubling time of snr10- strains is 47% greater than that of otherwise isogenic SNR10 strains. As judged by the incorporation of radioactive precursors, snr10- strains are impaired in net RNA synthesis at low temperatures. The identification of a leaky, conditional phenotype associated with the deletion of this small nuclear RNA gene was entirely unexpected since the defect in snR10 synthesis is complete and non-conditional.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3873-3878
Number of pages6
JournalThe EMBO journal
Issue number13 B
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 1985


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