Mariola Dutkiewicz

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This study describes a strategy to develop LNA-modified small interfering RNA (siRNAs) against the highly structured 5' UTR of coxsackievirus B3 (CVB-3), which is an attractive target site due to its high degree of conservation. Accessible sites were identified based on structural models and RNase H assays with DNA oligonucleotides. Subsequently, LNA(More)
Guanine-rich sequences can adopt intramolecular four-stranded structures, called G-quadruplexes. These motifs have been intensively investigated on the DNA level, but their overall biological relevance remains elusive. Only recently has research concerning the function of G-quadruplexes in RNAs commenced. Here, we demonstrate for the first time, that an RNA(More)
Here we present the results of a structural analysis of the 3'-terminal region of the replicative strand of hepatitis C virus (HCV), IRES(-), by the Pb (2+)-induced cleavage approach and partial digestion with T1 ribonuclease. Oligoribonucleotides that represent selected domains of the earlier proposed in the literature secondary structure models of this(More)
The p53 protein is a key player in cell response to stress events and cancer prevention. However, up-regulation of p53 that occurs during radiotherapy of some tumours results in radio-resistance of targeted cells. Recently, antisense oligonucleotides have been used to reduce the p53 level in tumour cells which facilitates their radiation-induced apoptosis.(More)
Enteroviruses are small RNA(+) viruses that encode one open reading frame flanked by two extensive noncoding regions carrying structural RNA regulatory elements that control replication and translation processes. For a long time the central, coding region was thought to remain single-stranded and its only function was supposed to be as the template for(More)
Although the delta ribozymes have been studied for more than ten years the most important information concerning their structure and mechanism of catalysis were only obtained very recently. The crystal structure of the genomic delta ribozyme turns out to be an excellent example of the extraordinary properties of RNA molecules to fold into uniquely compact(More)
The p53 protein is one of the major factors responsible for cell cycle regulation and stress response. In the 5'-terminal region of p53 mRNA, an IRES element has been found which takes part in the translational regulation of p53 expression. Two characteristic hairpin motifs are present in this mRNA region: G56-C169, with the first AUG codon, and U180-A218,(More)
RNA target accessibility is one of the most important factors limiting the efficiency of RNA interference-mediated RNA degradation. However, targeting RNA viruses in their poorly accessible, highly structured regions can be advantageous because these regions are often conserved in sequence and thus less prone to viral escape. We developed an experimental(More)
The aim of this work was to shed some more light on factors influencing the effectiveness of delta ribozyme cleavage of structured RNA molecules. An oligoribonucleotide that corresponds to the 3'-terminal region X of HCV RNA and yeast tRNAPhe were used as representative RNA targets. Only a few sites susceptible to ribozyme cleavage were identified in these(More)
Recently, we have determined the secondary structure of the 5'-terminal region of p53 mRNA that starts from the P1 transcription initiation site and includes two major translation initiation codons responsible for the synthesis of p53 and ΔNp53 isoform. Here, we showed that when this region was extended into 5' direction to the P0 transcription start site,(More)