In a fast-moving field it is unlikely that articles written more than a year ago would be completely up to date. The purpose of this book is to bring to the nonspecialist an overall view as well as an update on the state of the art as it existed in the beginning of 1982, and to the specialist the opportunity to have a single source of information for how the other organisms do it, and also to enable him to find out the status of the various aspects of RNA processing with which he might not be to familiar. even if only some of these goals are achieved, all those who labored so diligently to bring about the publication of this book would be more than gratified.
Table of Contents
Protein-Polynucleotide Recognition and the RNA Processing Nucleases in Prokaryoptes
Molecular Biology of RNA Processing in Prokaryotic Cells
Processing of Bacteriophage-Coded RNA Species
Genetic and Biochemical Studies of RNA Processing in Yeast
Terminal Cap Structures of Eukaryotic and Viral mRNAs
Poly(A) in Eukaryotic mRNA
Processing of mRNA Precursors in Eukaryotic Cells
Animal Virus RNA Processing
Ribosomal RNA Processing in Eukaryotes
RNA Synthesis and Processing in Mitochondria
Modified Nucleosides in RNA -- Their Formation and Function
David Apirion, Ph.D., is Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.