Monika Mariola Golas

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We developed a method, named GraFix, that considerably improves sample quality for structure determination by single-particle electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). GraFix uses a glycerol gradient centrifugation step in which the complexes are centrifuged into an increasing concentration of a chemical fixation reagent to prevent aggregation and to stabilize(More)
Three-dimensional electron cryomicroscopy of randomly oriented single particles is a method that is suitable for the determination of three-dimensional structures of macromolecular complexes at molecular resolution. However, the electron-microscopical projection images are modulated by a contrast transfer function (CTF) that prevents the calculation of(More)
The technique of single-particle electron cryomicroscopy is currently making possible the 3D structure determination of large macromolecular complexes at constantly increasing levels of resolution. Work at resolution now attainable requires many thousands of individual images to be processed computationally. The most time-consuming step of the(More)
Little is known about the higher-order structure of prespliceosomal A complexes, in which pairing of the pre-mRNA's splice sites occurs. Here, human A complexes were isolated under physiological conditions by double-affinity selection. Purified complexes contained stoichiometric amounts of U1, U2 and pre-mRNA, and crosslinking studies indicated that these(More)
The unique structural motifs and self-recognition properties of DNA can be exploited to generate self-assembling DNA nanostructures of specific shapes using a 'bottom-up' approach. Several assembly strategies have been developed for building complex three-dimensional (3D) DNA nanostructures. Recently, the DNA 'origami' method was used to build(More)
The splicing factor SF3b is a multiprotein complex essential for the accurate excision of introns from pre-messenger RNA. As an integral component of the U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (snRNP) and the U11/U12 di-snRNP, SF3b is involved in the recognition of the pre-messenger RNA's branch site within the major and minor spliceosomes. We have determined(More)
Spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) are essential components of the nuclear pre-mRNA processing machinery. A hallmark of these particles is a ring-shaped core domain generated by the binding of Sm proteins onto snRNA. PRMT5 and SMN complexes mediate the formation of the core domain in vivo. Here, we have elucidated the mechanism of this(More)
To better understand the compositional and structural dynamics of the human spliceosome during its activation, we set out to isolate spliceosomal complexes formed after precatalytic B but prior to catalytically active C complexes. By shortening the polypyrimidine tract of the PM5 pre-mRNA, which lacks a 3' splice site and 3' exon, we stalled spliceosome(More)
In eukaryotes, pre-mRNA exons are interrupted by large noncoding introns. Alternative selection of exons and nucleotide-exact removal of introns are performed by the spliceosome, a highly dynamic macromolecular machine. U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP is the largest and most conserved building block of the spliceosome. By 3D electron cryomicroscopy and labeling, the(More)
Mitochondrial pre-messenger RNAs in kinetoplastid protozoa are substrates of uridylate-specific RNA editing. RNA editing converts non-functional pre-mRNAs into translatable molecules and can generate protein diversity by alternative editing. Although several editing complexes have been described, their structure and relationship is unknown. Here, we report(More)