Rico Czaja

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All RNA types are susceptible to ribonuclease (RNase) digestion, which might be a serious problem for several in vitro and in vivo applications. RNase resistance can be reached through chemical modifications or the selection of stable secondary structures via SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment). This chapter focuses on the(More)
Attempts to alter the guanine specificity of ribonuclease T1 (RNase T1) by rational or random mutagenesis have failed so far. The RNase T1 variant RV (Lys41Glu, Tyr42Phe, Asn43Arg, Tyr45Trp, and Glu46Asn) designed by combination of a random and a rational mutagenesis approach, however, exhibits a stronger preference toward adenosine residues than wild-type(More)
Ribonuclease T1 is an enzyme that cleaves single-stranded RNA with high specificity after guanylyl residues. Although this enzyme is a very good characterized protein with respect to structure and enzymatic function, we were only recently successful in generating RNase T1-RV, a variant where the specificity was changed from guanine to purine. As this change(More)
Although ribonuclease T1 (RNase T1) is one of the best-characterized proteins with respect to structure and enzymatic action, numerous attempts at altering the specificity of the enzyme to cleave single-stranded RNA at the 3'-side of adenylic instead of guanylic residues by rational approaches have failed so far. Recently we generated and characterized the(More)
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