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Nat Struct Biol. 2000 Nov;7 Suppl:954-6.

Structural genomics of RNA.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut 06520, USA.


A detailed understanding of the functions and interactions of biological macromolecules requires knowledge of their molecular structures. Structural genomics, the systematic determination of all macromolecular structures represented in a genome, is focused at present exclusively on proteins. It is clear, however, that RNA molecules play a variety of significant roles in cells, including protein synthesis and targeting, many forms of RNA processing and splicing, RNA editing and modification, and chromosome end maintenance. To comprehensively understand the biology of a cell, it will ultimately be necessary to know the identity of all encoded RNAs, the molecules with which they interact and the molecular structures of these complexes. This report focuses on the feasibility of structural genomics of RNA, approaches to determining RNA structures and the potential usefulness of an RNA structural database for both predicting folds and deciphering biological functions of RNA molecules.

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