Analysis of RNA motifs.

  title={Analysis of RNA motifs.},
  author={Neocles B Leontis and Eric Westhof},
  journal={Current opinion in structural biology},
  volume={13 3},
RNA motifs are directed and ordered stacked arrays of non-Watson-Crick base pairs forming distinctive foldings of the phosphodiester backbones of the interacting RNA strands. They correspond to the 'loops' - hairpin, internal and junction - that intersperse the Watson-Crick two-dimensional helices as seen in two-dimensional representations of RNA structure. RNA motifs mediate the specific interactions that induce the compact folding of complex RNAs. RNA motifs also constitute specific protein… CONTINUE READING

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