1QCU: Crystal Structure Of An 18 Base Pair Copy Control Related Rna Duplex

The structures of two RNA duplexes, whose sequences correspond to portions of the ColE1 plasmid copy control RNA I and RNA II, have been determined. Crystals containing the 18mers 5'-CA CCGUUGGUAGCGGUGC-3' and 5'-CACCGCUACCAACGGUGC-3' diffract to 1.20 A resolution while those containing the 19mers 5'-GCACCGUUGGUAGCGGUGC-3' and 5'-GCACCGCUACCAACGGUGC-3' diffract to 1.55 A resolution. Both duplexes are standard A form, with Watson-Crick base pairing throughout. Use of anisotropic atomic displacement factors in refinement of the 1.20 A structure dramatically improved refinement statistics, resulting in a final R(free) of 15.0% and a crystallographic R-factor of 11.6%. Perhaps surprisingly, these crystals of the 18 base pair RNA exhibit a 36-fold static disorder, resulting in a structure with a single sugar-phosphate backbone conformation and an averaged base composition at each residue. Since the sugar-phosphate backbone structure is identical in the 36 different nucleotides that are superimposed, there can be no sequence-dependent variation in the structure. The average ribose pucker amplitude is 45.8 degrees for the 18 base pair structure and 46.4 degrees for the 19 base pair structure; these values are respectively 19% and 20% larger than the average pucker amplitude reported from nucleoside crystal structures. A standard RNA water structure, based on analysis of the hydration of these crystal structures and that of the TAR RNA stem [Ippolito, J. A., and Steitz, T. A. (1998) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 95, 9819-9824], has been derived, which has allowed us to predict water positions in lower resolution RNA crystal structures. We report a new RNA packing motif, in which three pro-S(p) phosphate oxygens interact with an ammonium ion.
PDB ID: 1QCUDownload
MMDB ID: 50949
PDB Deposition Date: 1999/5/14
Updated in MMDB: 2007/10
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 1.2  Å
Source Organism:
Biological Unit for 1QCU: dimeric; determined by author
Molecular Components in 1QCU
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Nucleotides(2 molecules)
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Chemicals (3 molecules)
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