An in vitro system for accurate transcription initiation of chloroplast protein genes. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have developed an homologous in vitro system from spinach chloroplasts that correctly initiates transcription of the plastid genes for the large subunit of ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (rbcL) and the beta subunit of the plastid ATPase (atpB). The transcriptionally active extracts from spinach chloroplasts require circular DNA templates for specific initiation. The RNA polymerase activity is insensitive to rifampicin. The extent of transcription in vitro is a function of the extract:template ratio. The efficiency of the rbcL transcription in vitro is more than one transcript per one hundred templates per hour.

published proceedings

  • Nucleic Acids Res

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Orozco, E. M., Mullet, J. E., & Chua, N. H.

citation count

  • 94

complete list of authors

  • Orozco, EM||Mullet, JE||Chua, NH

publication date

  • February 1985