Martin J. Serra

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Thermodynamic parameters are reported for hairpin formation in 1 M NaCl by RNA sequences of the type GGXANmAYCC, where XY is the set of four Watson-Crick base pairs and the underlined loop sequences are three to nine nucleotides. A nearest neighbor analysis of the data indicates the free energy of loop formation at 37 degrees C is dependent upon loop size(More)
In 1985 an analysis of the Escherichia coli 16 S rRNA covariation-based structure model revealed a strong bias for unpaired adenosines. The same analysis revealed that the majority of the G, C, and U bases were paired. These biases are (now) consistent with the high percentage of unpaired adenosine nucleotides in several structure motifs. An analysis of a(More)
Chemically modified antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) are widely used as a tool to functionalize microRNAs (miRNAs). Reduction of miRNA level after ASO inhibition is commonly reported to show efficacy. Whether this is the most relevant endpoint for measuring miRNA inhibition has not been adequately addressed in the field although it has important(More)
Thermodynamic parameters are reported for hairpin formation in 1 M NaCl by RNA sequences of the type GGCXUAAUYGCC, where XY is the set of 10 possible mismatch base pairs. A nearest neighbor analysis of the data indicates the free energy for loop formation at 37 C varies from 2.9 to 4.5 kcal/mol. Thermodynamic parameters are also reported for hairpin(More)
The hairpin loop GUAAUA occurs frequently in ribosomal RNA. Optical melting studies show that r(GGCGUAAUAGCC) folds into a hairpin containing this loop. The structural features of the r(GGCGUAAUAGCC) hairpin have been determined by NMR and molecular modeling. NOEs from G4-H1' to A9-H2 and from A9-H2 to G10-H1' show that G4 and A9 form a sheared base pair(More)
Thermodynamic parameters are reported for duplex formation of 48 self-complementary RNA duplexes containing Watson-Crick terminal base pairs (GC, AU and UA) with all 16 possible 3' double-nucleotide overhangs; mimicking the structures of short interfering RNAs (siRNA) and microRNAs (miRNA). Based on nearest-neighbor analysis, the addition of a second(More)
Thirty-four RNA duplexes containing single nucleotide bulges were optically melted, and the thermodynamic parameters deltaH degrees, deltaS degrees, deltaG degrees (37), and T(M) for each sequence were determined. Data from this study were combined with data from previous thermodynamic data [Longfellow, C. E., Kierzek, R., and Turner, D. H. (1990)(More)
Optical melting was used to determine the stabilities of 11 small RNA oligomers of defined secondary structure as a function of magnesium ion concentration. The oligomers included helices composed of Watson-Crick base pairs, GA tandem base pairs, GU tandem base pairs, and loop E motifs (both eubacterial and eukaryotic). The effect of magnesium ion(More)
We present here the cloning and the entire sequence of one of the two gene copies coding for ribosomal protein (r-protein) S8 in Xenopus laevis (corresponding to r-protein S7 in rat) and its flanking regions. The S8a gene contains seven exons and six introns for a total length of about 12,700 bp coding for a mRNA of 663 nucleotides (nt) plus a poly(A) tail.(More)