Fragmentary 5S rRNA gene in the human mitochondrial genome

Mol Cell Biol. 1982 Feb;2(2):207-9. doi: 10.1128/mcb.2.2.207.


The human mitochondrial genome contains a 23-nucleotide sequence that is homologous to a part of the 5S rRNA's of bacteria. This homology, the structure of the likely transcript, and the location of the sequence relative to the mitochondrial rRNA genes suggest that the sequence represents a fragmentary 5S rRNA gene.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Base Sequence
  • Cells, Cultured
  • DNA, Mitochondrial / genetics*
  • Epithelium
  • Humans
  • RNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • RNA, Ribosomal / analysis*
  • RNA, Ribosomal / genetics*
  • Transcription, Genetic


  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • RNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal