Interaction between tumour necrosis factor alpha ribozyme and cellular proteins. Involvement in ribozyme stability and activity

Journal of Molecular Biology
M Sioud


Ribozymes are RNA molecules that cleave other RNA molecules. Thus, ribozymes offer a new way of inhibiting expression of specific genes whose nucleotide sequences are known. Intracellular stability of ribozymes is an important factor for their efficacy. We previously showed that hammerhead ribozyme directed against mRNA of tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha) slowly acquires resistance to degradation in cultured human cells. In order to explain this resistance, we now report on endogenous cellular protein(s) that bind to TNF alpha-ribozyme (TNF alpha-Rz) in solution to form stable complexes during native gel electrophoresis. Suppression of the effects of ribonucleases in the cytoplasmic extracts allowed approximately 80% of the input ribozyme RNA to be recovered in the form of complexes, indicating that complex formation protected the ribozyme from degradation. Treatment of the ribozyme-protein complexes with proteinase K prior to electrophoresis led to the recovery of full-length ribozyme. Interestingly, ribozyme-protein complexes retained cleavage activity, suggesting that the binding is in reversible equilibrium. Analysis of protein cytoplasmic extracts for binding to sub-fragments of TNF alpha-Rz demonstrated that prote...Continue Reading


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