Neurochemical Research

, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp 557–565 | Cite as

Age-dependent changes in the specificity of tRNA methyltransferases in the cerebellum of the icteric and nonicteric Gunn rat

  • Jacques Dainat
  • F. de Balbian Verster
  • R. Zand
  • O. Z. Sellinger
Original Articles


The activity of tRNA methyltransferases present in the cerebellum of 6- and 21-day-old nonicteric and icteric Gunn rats was compared using purifiedE. coli tRNAs as substrates. At 6 days the tRNA methyltransferases of the icteric animals were significantly more effective in methylating tRNAGlu2 and tRNAPhe than were those of their nonicteric counterparts. This relationship reversed itself at 21 days. The action of the tRNA methyltransferases from the 6-day-old icteric animals led to higher proportions of 1-methyladenine in tRNAGlu2 and tRNAPhe than were obtained using the corresponding enzymes of the nonicteric animals. The proportion ofN2-methylguanine was also higher, yet only in tRNAfMet and not in tRNAPhe. The study reveals much more extensive fluctuations in the activity and in the substrate recognition specificity among the cerebellar tRNA methyltransferases of the icteric than among those of the nonicteric controls during the crucial 6–21 day period of cerebellar development.


Recognition Specificity Substrate Recognition Cerebellar Development tRNA Methyltransferases Extensive Fluctuation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacques Dainat
    • 1
    • 3
  • F. de Balbian Verster
    • 2
  • R. Zand
    • 2
  • O. Z. Sellinger
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurochemistry, Mental Health Research InstituteUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  2. 2.Division of Biophysics, Institute of Science and TechnologyUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor
  3. 3.Department of Biological ChemistryUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor

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