December 1963
Volume 2, Issue 6
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Nucleic Acid Metabolism in the Lens
Author Affiliations
  • SEYMOUR ZIGMAN
    Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, and Department of Biochemistry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y.
  • MARGARET BURTON
    Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, and Department of Biochemistry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y.
  • JEANNETTE FONTAINE
    Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, and Department of Biochemistry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y.
  • SIDNEY LERMAN
    Department of Surgery, Division of Ophthalmology, and Department of Biochemistry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N. Y.
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 1963, Vol.2, 621-625. doi:
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      SEYMOUR ZIGMAN, MARGARET BURTON, JEANNETTE FONTAINE, SIDNEY LERMAN; Nucleic Acid Metabolism in the Lens . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1963;2(6):621-625.

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Abstract

When a method sensitive to 0.25 µg of crystalline ribonuclease was used, no ribonuclease activity could be detected in the lenses of normal, noncataractous alloxan-diabetic, x-irradiated, xylose-fed, or galactose-fed rats, or aged rats or dogfish. Rats with cataracts due to the abovementioned agents contained measurable activities.

P-32-phosphate and C-14-adenine were incorporated into the RNA's of rat and dogfish lenses under in vitro conditions. When the Duponol-extracted RNA's were hydrolyzed to their constituent nucleotides or bases, P-32-O4 radioactivity was found in all four nucleotides, indicating RNA synthesis in toto. Adenine-C-14 was incorporated only slightly into bases other than adenine.

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