Redundant DNA of Neurospora crassa

Robert R. Brooks, P. C. Huang

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Approximately 20% of the DNA of Neurospora crassa consists of redundant sequences. This is calculated from the reassociation rate of fragmented, denatured DNA as measured by hydroxyapatite column chromatography. The redundant DNA has a complexity of 105 base pairs and a repetition frequency of up to 60 copies per genome. Its buoyant density in CsCl is 1.720 g/ml and its hypochromicity 20-24%. Base composition determination shows 54% GC content like Neurospora nuclear DNA. DNA-RNA hybridization studies indicate that rRNA and tRNA cistrons make up 2.3 and 1.2%, respectively, of the redundant fraction. Pulse-labeled RNA is shown to hybridize with both redundant and unique DNA fractions, suggesting that both fractions are transcribed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-49
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical Genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1972
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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