Journal article

Identification of functional domains in Arabidopsis thaliana mRNA decapping enzyme (AtDcp2)

Dilantha Gunawardana, Heung-Chin Cheng, Kenwyn R Gayler

NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2008

Abstract

The Arabidopsis thaliana decapping enzyme (AtDcp2) was characterized by bioinformatics analysis and by biochemical studies of the enzyme and mutants produced by recombinant expression. Three functionally significant regions were detected: (i) a highly disordered C-terminal region with a putative PSD-95, Discs-large, ZO-1 (PDZ) domain-binding motif, (ii) a conserved Nudix box constituting the putative active site and (iii) a putative RNA binding domain consisting of the conserved Box B and a preceding loop region. Mutation of the putative PDZ domain-binding motif improved the stability of recombinant AtDcp2 and secondary mutants expressed in Escherichia coli. Such recombinant AtDcp2 specifica..

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