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Chemists create unusual lariat RNA, a key intermediate in biological splicing

19.05.2003


The production of lariat RNAs is a key step in the biologically important process of splicing. Because splicing changes the protein that is made from a given gene, a fundamental understanding of splicing is critical for comprehending the connections between genes and proteins. The study of splicing, however, has been very difficult in part because lariat RNAs have been nearly impossible to make artificially.


Chemical reaction catalyzed by a DNA enzyme that creates lariat RNA.


Stylized diagram of a lariat RNA showing the branch site. The various colors represent the different nucleotides A, G, C and U.



Now, chemistry professor Scott K. Silverman and graduate student Yangming Wang at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have found artificial deoxyribozymes (DNA enzymes) that synthesize branched and lariat RNAs. The researchers report their discovery in a paper that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and posted on its Web site

"Lariat RNAs are crucial intermediates in the biological splicing of messenger RNAs," Silverman said. "The lariat RNAs synthesized by our new DNA enzymes should help provide a detailed biochemical understanding of RNA splicing."


Lariat RNAs have an unusual connectivity in which a key "branch site" nucleotide is the meeting point between three RNA strands, two of which connect to form a loop, Silverman said. "The resulting molecule, which resembles a lariat, has the same connectivity as introns (intervening regions that don’t perform coding functions) that are removed from messenger RNAs during biological splicing in fungi, eukaryotes, and even some bacteria."

Silverman and Wang used a process called in vitro selection to sample billions of DNA sequences for the desired chemical selectivity. The DNA enzymes the researchers found can catalyze branched RNA formation at rates up to 5 million times faster than the reaction would occur in the absence of the enzyme.

"The ability to make these branches and lariats offers us a new path for the biochemical investigation of RNA splicing," Silverman said. "Errors in making proteins have been linked to certain diseases and birth defects, for example. By incorporating chemical modifications into these key structural intermediates, we can more thoroughly examine the fundamental splicing process."


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The March of Dimes, National Institutes of Health, Petroleum Research Fund and the University of Illinois funded the work

James E. Kloeppel | EurekAlert!
Further information:
http://www.uiuc.edu/

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