Coupling of killer virus transcription with translation in yeast cell-free extracts

F. P. Barbone, Michael J Leibowitz

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The cytoplasmically inherited killer virus of Saccharomyces cerevisiae expresses its dsRNA genome via apparently uncapped viral transcripts produced in the cytoplasm of infected cells. Virions of this naturally temperature-sensitive virus can be added to cell-free translational extracts of uninfected yeast cells resulting in a reaction in which viral transcription and translation are coupled at 15°C in vitro. In this reaction nucleotides are incorporated into full-length transcripts of the M and L-A dsRNA segments, with lower levels of incorporation into genomic RNA. In addition, incorporation of nucleotides is observed into a smaller RNA species showing no sequence relatedness to M or L-A.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1755-1760
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Immunology


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