In vitro transcription in plant nuclei

R. D. Henfrey, R. J. Slater

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Isolated plant nuclei can be used for fundamental studies on the transcription apparatus. Total RNA polymerase activity can be measured using plant nuclei, and by using different α-amanitin concentrations in the enzyme assay, the individual RNA polymerase I, II, and in activities can be measured (1-5). The assay procedure involves the incubation of nuclei in the presence of the four substrates for RNA synthesis: ATP, GTP, CTP, and UTP. If one of these precursors is supplied as a radio-labeled molecule, transcription can be detected as incorporation of radioactivity into acid-insoluble material. Following incubation, transcription products are precipitated with TCA, collected and washed on glass fiber filter discs, and counted by liquid scintillation counting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-63
Number of pages11
JournalMethods in Molecular Biology
Publication statusPublished - 1988


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