Structure of SL4 RNA from the HIV-1 packaging signal.


The NMR-based structure is described for an RNA model of stem-loop 4 (SL4) from the HIV-1 major packaging domain. The GAGA tetraloop adopts a conformation similar to the classic GNRA form, although there are differences in the details. The type II tandem G.U pairs have a combination of wobble and bifurcated hydrogen bonds where the uracil 2-carbonyl oxygen… (More)