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Analysis of the complete nucleotide sequence of the group IV RNA coliphage SP.

We report the nucleotide sequence of the Group IV RNA bacteriophage SP. The entire sequence is 4276 nucleotides long. Four cistrons have been identified by comparison with the related Group III phage Q beta. The maturation protein contains 449 amino acids, the coat protein contains 131 amino acids, the read-through protein contains 330 amino acids and the replicase beta-subunit contains 575 amino acids. SP is 59 nucleotides longer than Q beta. We have analyzed both sequence and structural conservation between SP and Q beta and shown that the sequences for the coat and central region of the replicase are strongly conserved between the two genomes. We also show that the S and M replicase binding sites of Q beta are strongly conserved in SP. Interestingly, the base composition of SP and Q beta differ significantly from one another, and most of the differences can be accounted for by a strong preponderance of U in the third position of each codon of Q beta relative to SP. We also compare conserved hairpins associated with potential coat protein and replicase binding sites.