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Biochemical and biophysical research communications

Partial melting of the segment around pseudouridine in yeast 5S RNA.


PMID 6349630

Abstract

Pseudouridine in yeast 5S RNA was modified with 4-bromomethyl-7-methoxy-coumarin(BMC). Temperature dependence of fluorescence intensity was measured at various concentrations of Mg2+ and K+ cations. Hyperchromicity was also measured. At 100mM KCl and 10mM Mg2+, fluorescence intensity decreased with temperature as free BMC except a plateau at 45 degrees C. Withdrawal of Mg2+ from the buffer resulted in a large quenching at 20 degrees C and showed a gradual increase of fluorescence intensity with temperature, indicating a partial melting of the segment around pseudouridine. The temperature range agrees with the low melting temperature shown by hyperchromicity. In 10 mM KCl solution, the effects are more exaggerated.