Taiichi Sakamoto

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Aptamers are short single-stranded nucleic acids with high affinity to target molecules and are applicable to therapeutics and diagnostics. Regardless of an increasing number of reported aptamers, the structural basis of the interaction of RNA aptamer with proteins is poorly understood. Here, we determined the 2.15 Å crystal structure of the Fc fragment of(More)
The eel long interspersed element (LINE) UnaL2 and its partner short interspersed element (SINE) share a conserved 3' tail that is critical for their retrotransposition. The predicted secondary structure of the conserved 3' tail of UnaL2 RNA contains a stem region with a putative internal loop. Deletion of the putative internal loop region abolishes UnaL2(More)
A high affinity RNA aptamer (APT58, 58 nt long) against mammalian initiation factor 4A (eIF4A) requires nearly its entire nucleotide sequence for efficient binding. Since splitting either APT58 or eIF4A into two domains diminishes the affinity for each other, it is suggested that multiple interactions or a global interaction between the two molecules(More)
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