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We have cloned and sequenced a cDNA copy of in vitro-polyadenylated 7SL RNA of HeLa cells. The cloned fragment is 303 bp long and has a composite structure. A central block of 140 bp is homologous to a new set of human middle-repetitive sequences. This block appears to be inserted in an Alu consensus sequence, 100 bp from the 5' end and 40 bp from the 3' end of the Alu monomer. Two 6 bp direct repeats are found at the junction between the Alu flanking sequences and the central element. The analysis of several clones shows the existence of sequence microheterogeneity in the 5' portion of the molecule. The 7L DNA probably represents a subset of the Alu family of DNA, highly conserved in evolution.

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195 - 202


Base Sequence, Cloning, Molecular, DNA, DNA, Recombinant, HeLa Cells, Humans, Nucleic Acid Hybridization, Poly A, RNA, RNA, Messenger, Repetitive Sequences, Nucleic Acid