Fixation and accumulation of thermotolerant catalytic competence of a pair of ligase ribozymes through complex formation and cross ligation

Nana Isomoto, Yuri Maeda, Takahiro Tanaka, Hiroyuki Furuta, Yoshiya Ikawa

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    In the early stages of the hypothetical RNA world, some primitive RNA catalysts (ribozymes) may have emerged through self-assembly of short RNA oligomers. Although they may be unstable against temperature fluctuations and other environmental changes, ligase ribozymes (ribozymes with RNA strand-joining activity) may resolve structural instability of self-assembling RNAs by converting them to the corresponding unimolecular formats. To investigate this possibility, we constructed a model system using a cross-ligation system composed of a pair of self-assembling ligase ribozymes. Their abilities to act as catalysts, substrates, and a cross-ligation system were analyzed with or without thermal pretreatment before the reactions. A pair of self-assembling ligase ribozymes, each of which can form multiple conformations, demonstrated that thermotolerance was acquired and accumulated through complex-formation that stabilized the active forms of the bimolecular ribozymes and also cross-ligation that produced the unimolecular ribozymes.

    本文言語英語
    ページ(範囲)48-58
    ページ数11
    ジャーナルJournal of Molecular Evolution
    76
    1-2
    DOI
    出版ステータス出版済み - 2 2013

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • 生態、進化、行動および分類学
    • 分子生物学
    • 遺伝学

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