The human enzyme is specific for C5-methylation of cytosine34 in tRNA precursors. The intron in the human pre-tRNALeu(CAA) is indispensable for the C5-methylation of cytosine in the first position of the anticodon. It is not able to form 5-methylcytosine at positions 48 and 49 of human and yeast tRNA precursors .
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