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Cell. 1997 Jun 13;89(6):867-73.

An RNA 5'-triphosphatase related to the protein tyrosine phosphatases.

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Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


mRNA capping requires the sequential action of three enzymatic activities: RNA triphosphatase, guanylyl-transferase, and methyltransferase. Here we characterize a gene (CEL-1) believed to encode the C. elegans capping enzyme. CEL-1 has a C-terminal domain containing motifs found in yeast and vaccinia virus capping enzyme guanylyltransferases. The N-terminal domain of CEL-1 has RNA triphosphatase activity. Surprisingly, this domain does not resemble the vaccinia virus capping enzyme but does have significant sequence similarity to the protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) enzyme family. However, CEL-1 has no detectable PTP activity. The mechanism of the RNA triphosphatase is similar to that of PTPs: the active site contains a conserved nucleophilic cysteine required for activity. These results broaden the superfamily of PTP-like phosphatases to include enzymes with RNA substrates.

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