Christian Riml

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Ribonucleic acid (RNA) modifications play an important role in the regulation of gene expression and the development of RNA-based therapeutics, but their identification, localization and relative quantitation by conventional biochemical methods can be quite challenging. As a promising alternative, mass spectrometry (MS) based approaches that involve RNA(More)
Acidic proteins and nucleic acids such as RNA are most readily ionized in electrospray ionization (ESI) operated in negative-ion mode. The multiply deprotonated protein or RNA ions can be used as precursors in top- down mass spectrometry. Because the performance of the dissociation method used critically depends on precursor ion negative net charge, it is(More)
Recent work has identified and mapped a range of posttranscriptional modifications in mRNA, including methylation of the N6 and N1 positions in adenine, pseudouridylation, and methylation of carbon 5 in cytosine (m5C). However, knowledge about the prevalence and transcriptome-wide distribution of m5C is still extremely limited; thus, studies in different(More)
We report on the syntheses of 5-hydroxymethyl-uridine [5hm(rU)] and -cytidine [5hm(rC)] phosphoramidites and their incorporation into RNA by solid-phase synthesis. Deprotection of the oligonucleotides is accomplished in a straightforward manner using standard conditions, confirming the appropriateness of the acetyl protection used for the pseudobenzylic(More)
5-Hydroxymethylcytosine is an epigenetic base modification that is part of the demethylation pathway of 5-methylcytosine in DNA. 5-Methylcytosine is iteratively oxidized to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine, 5-formylcytosine, and 5-carboxycytosine by enzymes of the TET protein family. Since the discovery of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine also in RNA its role in regulatory(More)
Nucleobase methylations are ubiquitous posttranscriptional modifications of ribonucleic acids (RNA) that can substantially increase the structural diversity of RNA in a highly dynamic fashion with implications for gene expression and human disease. However, high throughput, deep sequencing does not generally provide information on posttranscriptional(More)
5-Hydroxymethylcytosine (hm5C) is an RNA modification that has attracted significant interest because of the finding that RNA hydroxymethylation can favor mRNA translation. For insight into the mechanistic details of hm5C function to be obtained, the availability of RNAs containing this modification at defined positions that can be used for in vitro studies(More)
To understand the functional roles of RNA in the cell, it is essential to elucidate the dynamics of their production, processing and decay. A recent method for assessing mRNA dynamics is metabolic labeling with 4-thiouridine (4sU), followed by thio-selective attachment of affinity tags. Detection of labeled transcripts by affinity purification and(More)
Cyanobacterial phycobiliproteins have evolved to capture light energy over most of the visible spectrum due to their bilin chromophores, which are linear tetrapyrroles that have been covalently attached by enzymes called bilin lyases. We report here the crystal structure of a bilin lyase of the CpcS family from Thermosynechococcus elongatus (TeCpcS-III).(More)
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