June Hyung Lee

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As a counter-defense against antiviral RNA silencing during infection, the insect Flock House virus (FHV) expresses the silencing suppressor protein B2. Biochemical experiments show that B2 binds to double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) without regard to length and inhibits cleavage of dsRNA by Dicer in vitro. A cocrystal structure reveals that a B2 dimer forms a(More)
Poly(A) polymerase (PAP) is a key enzyme responsible for the addition of the poly(A) at the 3' end of pre-mRNA. The C-terminal region of mammalian PAP carries target sites for protein-protein interaction with the 25 kDa subunit of cleavage factor I and with splicing factors U1A and U2AF65. We used a yeast two-hybrid screen to identify 14-3-3epsilon as an(More)
RNA aptamers binding to C5 protein, the protein component of Escherichia coli RNase P, were selected and characterized as an initial step in elucidating the mechanism of action of C5 protein as an RNA-binding protein. Sequence analyses of the RNA aptamers suggest that C5 protein binds various RNA molecules with dissociation constants comparable to that of(More)
Small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) specifically knock-down target mRNAs via RNA interference (RNAi) mechanism. During this process, introduction of excess amount of exogenous siRNAs could lead to the saturation of cellular RNAi machinery. One consequence of RNAi machinery saturation is the competition between two simultaneously introduced siRNAs, during which(More)
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