Jordi Gómez

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It has been proposed that the hepatitis C virus (HCV) internal ribosome entry site (IRES) resides within a locked conformation, owing to annealing of its immediate flanking sequences. In this study, structure probing using Escherichia coli dsRNA-specific RNase III and other classical tools showed that this region switches to an open conformation triggered(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA is recognized and cleaved in vitro by RNase P enzyme near the AUG start codon. Because RNase P identifies transfer RNA (tRNA) precursors, it has been proposed that HCV RNA adopts structural similarities to tRNA. Here, we present experimental evidence of RNase P sensitivity conservation in natural RNA variant sequences, including(More)
Here, we show that Escherichia coli Ribonuclease III cleaves specifically the RNA genome of hepatitis C virus (HCV) within the first 570 nt with similar efficiency within two sequences which are 400 bases apart in the linear HCV map. Demonstrations include determination of the specificity of the cleavage sites at positions C27 and U33 in the first (5')(More)
A novel UV-C-light-induced ribozyme activity was discovered within the highly structured 5'-genomic regions of both Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) and the related Classic Swine Fever Virus (CSFV). Cleavage is mediated by exposure to UV-C light but not by exogenous oxygen radicals. It is also very selective, occurring at base positions HCV C(79) and CSFV A(45) in(More)
The purpose of this work was to ascertain whether liver mRNA species share common structural features with hepatitis C virus (HCV) mRNA that allow them to support the RNase-P (pre-tRNA/processing enzyme) cleavage reaction in vitro. The presence of RNase-P competitive elements in the liver mRNA population was determined by means of biochemical techniques,(More)
The aminoglycoside Geneticin (G418) is known to inhibit cell culture proliferation, via virus-specific mechanisms, of two different virus genera from the family Flaviviridae. Here, we tried to determine whether Geneticin can selectively alter the switching of the nucleotide 1 to 570 RNA region of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and, if so, whether this inhibits(More)
The 5' untranslated region of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genomic RNA contains an internal ribosome entry site (IRES) element, composed of domains II-IV, which is required for cap-independent translation initiation. Little information on the 3D structure of the whole functional HCV IRES is still available. Here, we use atomic force microscopy to visualize the(More)
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