The putative histone H4 (F2a1) mRNA has been isolated from early blastula Strongylocentrotus purpuratus sea urchin embryos. Nucleotide sequences of oligonucleotides obtained by digestion of this RNA with T1 ribonuclease have been obtained and many are found to be colinear with the amino acid sequence of histone H4 protein. The sequences obtained from the H4 mRNAs of S. pnrpuratus have been compared with those obtained from Lytechinus pictus (Grunstein & Schedl, 1976). The two mRNAs for this highly conserved protein have undergone considerable divergence of the sort that would be predicted from the degeneracy of the genetic code. 11.5% of the bases have undergone substitution at a rate calculated to be 3 × 10-9 base changes · codon-1 · year-1.
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- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology