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Structure Determination of Catalytic RNAs and Investigations of Their Metal Ion-Binding Properties


Erat, M C; Sigel, Roland K O (2005). Structure Determination of Catalytic RNAs and Investigations of Their Metal Ion-Binding Properties. CHIMIA International Journal for Chemistry, 59(11):817-821.

Abstract

Naturally occurring RNA molecules exhibit many unexpected and fascinating properties in living cells like protein synthesis and transport, regulation of metabolic functions, and catalytic cleavage reactions. To understand this functional diversity, a detailed knowledge of RNA structure and metal ion-binding properties is crucial. In our research group, we address these problems by combining various biochemical, analytical and spectroscopic techniques. A large part of our work is devoted to the structure determination of catalytic RNA molecules, i.e. ribozymes, by NMR. Based on the three-dimensional structure, further experiments are carried out to understand in detail the effects of different metal ions on the local and global structure, as well as catalysis itself.

Abstract

Naturally occurring RNA molecules exhibit many unexpected and fascinating properties in living cells like protein synthesis and transport, regulation of metabolic functions, and catalytic cleavage reactions. To understand this functional diversity, a detailed knowledge of RNA structure and metal ion-binding properties is crucial. In our research group, we address these problems by combining various biochemical, analytical and spectroscopic techniques. A large part of our work is devoted to the structure determination of catalytic RNA molecules, i.e. ribozymes, by NMR. Based on the three-dimensional structure, further experiments are carried out to understand in detail the effects of different metal ions on the local and global structure, as well as catalysis itself.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Language:English
Date:November 2005
Deposited On:08 Aug 2013 07:48
Last Modified:18 May 2017 08:03
Publisher:Swiss Chemical Society
ISSN:0009-4293
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.2533/000942905777675534

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