Dorota Piekna-Przybylska

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Eukaryotic rRNAs contain scores of two major types of nucleotide modifications, 2'-O-methylation (Nm) and pseudouridylation (Psi). Both types are known to alter the stability and dynamics of RNA folding. In Eukaryotes, these modifications are created by small nucleolar RNPs (snoRNPs) with site-specificity provided by the snoRNA component. Little is yet(More)
This report presents a valuable new bioinformatics package for research on rRNA nucleotide modifications in the ribosome, especially those created by small nucleolar RNA:protein complexes (snoRNPs). The interactive service, which is not available elsewhere, enables a user to visualize the positions of pseudouridines, 2'-O-methylations, and base methylations(More)
The 3D rRNA modification maps database is the first general resource of information about the locations of modified nucleotides within the 3D structure of the full ribosome, with mRNA and tRNAs in the A-, P- and E-sites. The database supports analyses for several model organisms, including higher eukaryotes, and enables users to construct 3D maps for other(More)
Genomic regions rich in G residues are prone to adopt G-quadruplex structure. Multiple Sp1-binding motifs arranged in tandem have been suggested to form this structure in promoters of cancer-related genes. Here, we demonstrate that the G-rich proviral DNA sequence of the HIV-1 U3 region, which serves as a promoter of viral transcription, adopts a(More)
Important regions of rRNA are rich in nucleotide modifications that can have strong effects on ribosome biogenesis and translation efficiency. Here, we examine the influence of pseudouridylation and 2'-O-methylation on translation accuracy in yeast, by deleting the corresponding guide snoRNAs. The regions analyzed were: the decoding centre (eight(More)
The genome of HIV-1 consists of two identical or nearly identical RNA molecules. The RNA genomes are held in the same, parallel orientation by interactions at the dimer initiation site (DIS). Previous studies showed that in addition to interactions at DIS, sequences located 100 nucleotides downstream from the 5' splice site can dimerize in vitro through an(More)
The large subunit rRNA in eukaryotes contains an unusually dense cluster of 8-10 pseudouridine (Psi) modifications located in a three-helix structure (H37-H39) implicated in several functions. This region is dominated by a long flexible helix (H38) known as the "A-site finger" (ASF). The ASF protrudes from the large subunit just above the A-site of tRNA(More)
The small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) are associated with proteins in ribonucleoprotein complexes called snoRNPs ("snorps"). These complexes create modified nucleotides in preribosomal RNA and other RNAs and participate in nucleolytic cleavages of pre-rRNA. The various reactions occur in site-specific fashion, and the mature rRNAs are ultimately incorporated(More)
When isolating ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes by an affinity selection approach, tagging the RNA component can prove to be strategically important. This is especially true for purifying single types of snoRNPs, because in most cases the snoRNA is thought to be the only unique component. Here, we present a general strategy for selecting specific snoRNPs(More)
We identified a sequence embedded in the U3-R region of HIV-1 RNA that is highly complementary to human tRNA(3)(Lys). The free energy of annealing to tRNA(3)(Lys) is significantly lower for this sequence and the primer-binding site than for other viral sequences of similar length. The only interruption in complementarity is a 29-nucleotide segment inserted(More)