Isolated nuclei and nucleoli of ungerminated pea embryos have been analyzed chemically for their content of DNA, RNA, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and protein sulfhydryl groups. The values obtained cannot be considered to represent the whole of the living nucleolar body as an undetermined amount of material is extracted from nucleoli in the course of their isolation. Only negligible amounts of DNA have been found in the isolated nucleoli; most of the DNA released on disruption of nuclei appears in a fraction showing very few structures under the light microscope. RNA is more concentrated in the nucleolus than in the nucleus or cytoplasm, but since nucleolar protein is 6 per cent of nuclear and less than 1 per cent of cytoplasmic protein, the total amount of nucleolar RNA is comparatively small. None of the other components listed occurs in high concentration in either nucleus or nucleolus.

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