Albany 2015:Book of Abstracts

Albany 2015
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June 9-13 2015
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Interplay of Water molecules and Mg2+ ions in stability of RNA containing non-Watson-Crick base pairs

The segments of RNA, containing non-Watson-Crick base pairs, are stabilized by external factors like other part of RNA, proteins or metal ions. Eubacterial 5S RNA Loop-E [pdb: 354D] is made up of 11 Base-pairs, where 7 of those are Non-Watson-Crick type (fig: a). Non-Watson-crick base pairs of Loop-E creates specific identification site for ribosomal protein L25. Non-Watson-Crick base pairs in loop-E are stabilized by Mg2+ ions through water mediated interactions. The Mg2+ ions stabilize eubacterial loop-E in different ways than other small RNA oligomers (Serra and Westhop (2002)). Earlier study explained the dynamics of water molecules around Mg2+ ions and bases and showed the stability of base pairs of loop E even in absence of Mg2+ ions (Auffinger and Westhof (2003), Reblova and Sponer (2004)). The analysis on stabilization of RNA base pairs by water molecules working as H-bonding clamps (Chawla and Cavallo (2014)) showed the possibility of specific water molecule network around these non-WC base pairs. In current work we are trying to identify and analyze the gradual adaptation of water network and dynamics around non-Watson-Crick base pairs with respect to change in positions of deep grooved Mg 2+ ions (fig: b). The free energy profile of loop-E with respect to position of Mg 2+ ions and its effect on other part of RNA will also be discussed.


Acknowledgement: Department of Biotechnology (DBT) for the BINC fellowship provided to SS.

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Sudhanshu Shanker
Pradipta Bandyopadhyay

School of Computational and integrative Sciences
Jawaharlal Nehru University
New Delhi, 110067, India

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