Translational control by secondary-structure formation in mRNA in a eukaryotic system

Daisuke Kawaguchi, Saaya Shimizu, Naoko Abe, Fumitaka Hashiya, Fumiaki Tomoike, Yasuaki Kimura, Hiroshi Abe

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Eukaryotic mRNA has a cap structure at the 5′ end and a poly(A) tail at the 3′ end. The cap and poly(A) tail form a complex with multiple translation factors, and mRNA forms a circularized structure called a closed-loop model. This circularized structure reportedly not only stabilizes mRNA but also promotes ribosome recycling during translation, which improves translation efficiency. We designed an artificial mRNA that forms a circularized structure without a cap structure and poly(A) tail and found that its translational efficiency was improved compared with that of a sequence without the circularized structure in a eukaryotic translation system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-203
Number of pages9
JournalNucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 20 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics


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