By gel-filtration through Sephacryl S-300 it was shown that RNP A complex present in polyhedra of Bombyx mori nuclear polyhedrosis virus has molecular weight (Mw) about 700 kDa. It was shown that RNP A with Mw 788 kDa is composed of two polyhedrin 13S-associates with Mw 342 kDa, two p14 polypeptide with Mw 14 kDa, two 21 kDa small non-coded RNAs and two 17 kDa small non-coded RNAs. The model of RNP A formation from components making it is proposed. The complex role in the course of polyhedron formation and its role in the course of infection are discussed.
Key words: nuclear polyhedrosis virus, Bombyx mori, polyhedrin, small RNA, RNP-complex, gel-filtration.
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