An aminoacylation ribozyme evolved from a natural tRNA-sensing T-box riboswitch.

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Summary of "An aminoacylation ribozyme evolved from a natural tRNA-sensing T-box riboswitch."

When the primitive translation system first emerged in the hypothetical RNA world, ribozymes could have been responsible for aminoacylation. Given that naturally occurring T-box riboswitches selectively sense the aminoacylation status of cognate tRNAs, we introduced a domain of random sequence into a T-box-tRNA conjugate and isolated ribozymes that were self-aminoacylating on the 3'-terminal hydroxyl group. One of them, named Tx2.1, recognizes the anticodon and D-loop of tRNA via interaction with its stem I domain, similarly to the parental T-box, and selectively charges N-biotinyl-L-phenylalanine (Bio-Phe) onto the 3' end of the cognate tRNA in trans. We also demonstrated the ribosomal synthesis of a Bio-Phe-initiated peptide in a Tx2.1-coupled in vitro translation system, in which Tx2.1 catalyzed specific tRNA aminoacylation in situ. This suggests that such ribozymes could have coevolved with a primitive translation system in the RNA world.


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Name: Nature chemical biology
ISSN: 1552-4469


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