Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 50, Issue 15, pp 1669–1672 | Cite as

A conserved inverted repeat from rice plastome functions as an intrinsic transcription terminator

  • Lin Chi-Hui
  • Liang Yu-Jin
  • Chen Liang-Jwu
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Results from a previous rice transcription mapping and the GeSTer algorithm analysis used in this in-vestigation for rice plastid genome suggest that an inverted repeat, IRsl8, in 3′ region of the plastid rps18 gene may serve as a transcription terminator. The in vitro transcription assay showed that the transcript ending at the IRsl8 was not proc-essed by ribonucleases but terminated intrinsically in an rNTP substrate-dependent manner as demonstrated for the first time in plant gene regulation. For the poly-T tract (TTCTTTTTT) 3′-proximal to the IRsl8, the C base conver-sion to T resulting in a perfect 9 Ts can dramatically increase termination efficiency, which is a common feature of bacte-rial intrinsic termination. This study is the first case to indi-cate that a conserved inverted repeat with a poly-T tract from higher plant chloroplast contributes to transcription termination of the translation-associated rps18 gene in a manner with the intrinsic termination, probably resulting from a heritage of endosymbiosis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Molecular BiologyNational Chung-Hsing UniversityTaiwan, China
  2. 2.Institute of ChemistryAcademia SinicaTaipeiTaiwan, China

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