Bharat M. Chowrira, Alfredo Berzal-Herranz, John M. Burke
Abstract:Metal ion requirements for RNA binding, cleavage, and ligation by the hairpin ribozyme have been analyzed. RNA cleavage is observed when Mg2+, Sr2+, or Ca2+ are added to a 40 mM Tris-HCl buffer, indicating that these divalent cations were capable of supporting the reaction. No reaction was observed when other ions (Mn2+, Co2+, Cd2+, Ni2+, Ba2+, Na+, K+, Li+, NH4+, Rb+, and Cs+) were tested. In the absence of added metal ions, spermidine can induce a very slow ribozyme-catalyzed cleavage reaction that is not qu…
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