4U78: Octameric Rna Duplex Soaked In Copper(ii)chloride

Due to the polyanionic nature of RNA, the principles of charge neutralization and electrostatic condensation require that cations help to overcome the repulsive forces in order for RNA to adopt a three-dimensional structure. A precise structural knowledge of RNA-metal ion interactions is crucial to understand the mechanism of metal ions in the catalytic or regulatory activity of RNA. We solved the crystal structure of an octameric RNA duplex in the presence of the di- and trivalent metal ions Ca(2+), Mn(2+), Co(2+), Cu(2+), Sr(2+), and Tb(3+). The detailed investigation reveals a unique innersphere interaction to uracil and extends the knowledge of the influence of metal ions for conformational changes in RNA structure. Furthermore, we could demonstrate that an accurate localization of the metal ions in the X-ray structures require the consideration of several crystallographic and geometrical parameters as well as the anomalous difference map.
PDB ID: 4U78Download
MMDB ID: 132007
PDB Deposition Date: 2014/7/30
Updated in MMDB: 2016/08
Experimental Method:
x-ray diffraction
Resolution: 1.5  Å
Source Organism:
Biological Unit for 4U78: dimeric; determined by author and by software (PISA)
Molecular Components in 4U78
Label Count Molecule
Nucleotide(1 molecule)
RNA (5'-r(*up*cp*gp*up*ap*cp*gp*a)-3')
Molecule annotation
Chemicals (4 molecules)
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