Which strand does T7 RNA pol transcribe from?

Peter Stoilov pstoilov at OBZOR.BIO21.ACAD.BG
Tue Mar 11 17:41:20 EST 1997

You are right that T7 RNA polymerase uses the antisense strand for
template. However T7 RNA polymerase could transcribe the second strand
of your DNA if it's 3'-end is singlestranded. You can find some details

Nucleic Acids Res 13: 6223-6236 (1985) 
A novel transcription property of SP6 and T7 RNA
polymerases: dependence on template structure.
Schenborn ET, Mierendorf RC Jr 
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