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Messenger RNAs bearing tRNA-like features exemplified by interferon alfa 5 mRNA

AutorDíaz-Toledano, Rosa ; Gómez-Castilla, Jordi
Palabras claveRNA mimicry
RNase P
CAR signal
Fecha de publicación22-abr-2015
CitaciónCellular and Molecular Life Sciences
ResumenAbstract The purpose of this work was to ascertain whether liver mRNA species share common structural features with hepatitis C virus (HCV) mRNA that allow them to support the RNase-P (pre-tRNA/processing enzyme) cleavage reaction in vitro. The presence of RNase-P competitive elements in the liver mRNA population was determined by means of biochemical techniques, and a set of sensitive mRNA species were identified through microarray screening. Cleavage specificity and substrate length requirement of around 200 nts, were determined for three mRNA species. One of these cleavage sites was found in interferon-alpha 5 (IFNA5) mRNA between specific base positions and with the characteristic RNase-P chemistry of cleavage. It was mapped within a cloverleaflike structure revealed by a comparative structural analysis based on several direct enzymes and chemical probing methods of three RNA fragments of increasing size, and subsequently contrasted against site-directed mutants. The core region was coincident with the reported signal for the cytoplasmic accumulation region (CAR) in IFNAs.
DescripciónElectronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s00018-015-1908-0) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.
Versión del editorhttp://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00018-015-1908-0#page-1
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