Benjamin P. Durrant

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Bovine seminal ribonuclease (RNase) diverged from pancreatic RNase after a gene duplication ca. 35 million years ago. Members of the seminal RNase gene family evidently remained as unexpressed pseudogene for much of its evolutionary history. Between 5 and 10 million years ago, however, after the divergence of kudu but before the divergence of ox, evidence(More)
The post-transcriptional addition of uridines to the 3'-end of RNAs is an important regulatory process that is critical for coding and noncoding RNA stability. In fission yeast and metazoans this untemplated 3'-uridylylation is catalysed by a single family of terminal uridylyltransferases (TUTs) whose members are adapted to specific RNA targets. In(More)
Terminal uridylyl transferases (TUTs) are responsible for the post-transcriptional addition of uridyl residues to RNA 3' ends, leading in some cases to altered stability. The Schizosaccharomyces pombe TUT Cid1 is a model enzyme that has been characterized structurally at moderate resolution and provides insights into the larger and more complex mammalian(More)
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