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C. elegans DNA does not contain 5-methylcytosine at any time during development or aging.

Simpson VJ;Johnson TE;Hammen RF

Citation: Nucleic Acids Research 14: 6711-6717 1986


Genes: fer-15

Abstract: DNA, isolated from age-synchronous senescent populations of Caenorhabditis elegans has been quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed for the presence of 5-methylcytosine. High performance liquid chromatography on two wild-type and several mutant strains of C. elegans failed to detect any 5-methylcytosine. The restriction endonuclease isoschizomers, HpaII and MspI, were used to digest genomic DNA after CsCl purification and failed to detect any 5' cytosine methylation at any age. We conclude that C. elegans does not contain detectable (0.01 mole percent) levels of 5-methylcytosine.