Cleavage of oligoribonucleotides by a ribozyme derived from the hepatitis delta virus RNA sequence.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A self-cleaving RNA sequence from hepatitis delta virus was modified to produce a ribozyme capable of catalyzing the cleavage of RNA in an intermolecular (trans) reaction. The delta-derived ribozyme cleaved substrate RNA at a specific site, and the sequence specificity could be altered with mutations in the region of the ribozyme proposed to base pair with the substrate. A substrate target size of approximately 8 nucleotides in length was identified. Octanucleotides containing a single ribonucleotide immediately 5' to the cleavage site were substrates for cleavage, and cleavage activity was significantly reduced only with a guanine base at that position. A deoxyribose 5' to the cleavage site blocked the reaction. These data are consistent with a proposed secondary structure for the self-cleaving form of the hepatitis delta virus ribozyme in which a duplex forms with sequences 3' to the cleavage site, and they support a proposed mechanism in which cleavage involves attack on the phosphorus at the cleavage site by the adjacent 2'-hydroxyl group.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Perrotta, AT; Been, MD

Published Date

  • January 14, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 16 - 21

PubMed ID

  • 1731868

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-2960

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/bi00116a004


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States