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Metal ion-N7 coordination in a ribozyme branch domain by NMR


Erat, M C; Kovacs, H; Sigel, Roland K O (2010). Metal ion-N7 coordination in a ribozyme branch domain by NMR. Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 104(5):611-613.

Abstract

The N7 of purine nucleotides presents one of the most dominant metal ion binding sites in nucleic acids. However, the interactions between kinetically labile metal ions like Mg2+ and these nitrogen atoms are inherently difficult to observe in large RNAs. Rather than using the insensitive direct N-15 detection, here we have used (2)J-H-1,N-15]-HSQC (Heteronuclear Single Quantum Coherence) NMR experiments as a fast and efficient method to specifically observe and characterize such interactions within larger RNA constructs. Using the 27 nucleotides long branch domain of the yeast-mitochondrial group II intron ribozyme Sc.ai5 gamma as an example, we show that direct N7 coordination of a Mg2+ ion takes place in a tetraloop nucleotide. A second Mg2+ ion, located in the major groove at the catalytic branch site, coordinates mainly in an outer-sphere fashion to the highly conserved flanking GU wobble pairs but not to N7 of the sandwiched branch adenosine. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

The N7 of purine nucleotides presents one of the most dominant metal ion binding sites in nucleic acids. However, the interactions between kinetically labile metal ions like Mg2+ and these nitrogen atoms are inherently difficult to observe in large RNAs. Rather than using the insensitive direct N-15 detection, here we have used (2)J-H-1,N-15]-HSQC (Heteronuclear Single Quantum Coherence) NMR experiments as a fast and efficient method to specifically observe and characterize such interactions within larger RNA constructs. Using the 27 nucleotides long branch domain of the yeast-mitochondrial group II intron ribozyme Sc.ai5 gamma as an example, we show that direct N7 coordination of a Mg2+ ion takes place in a tetraloop nucleotide. A second Mg2+ ion, located in the major groove at the catalytic branch site, coordinates mainly in an outer-sphere fashion to the highly conserved flanking GU wobble pairs but not to N7 of the sandwiched branch adenosine. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:23 Feb 2011 18:00
Last Modified:13 Nov 2016 06:11
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0162-0134
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2010.01.008
PubMed ID:20170966
Other Identification Number:ISI:000276274700015
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-46581

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