Binding and disruption of phospholipid bilayers by supramolecular RNA complexes.

In an RNA world, RNAs would have regulated traffic through normally impermeable bilayer membranes. Using selection-amplification we previously found RNAs that bind stably and increase the ionic conductance of phospholipid membranes at high Mg(2+) and Ca(2+) concentrations. Now selection in reduced divalents yields RNAs that bind phosphatidylcholine… CONTINUE READING