Nearest-neighbor parameter for inosine-cytosine pairs through a combined experimental and computational approach

Shun Sakuraba, Junichi Iwakiri, Michiaki Hamada, Tomoshi Kameda, Genichiro Tsuji, Yasuaki Kimura, Hiroshi Abe, Kiyoshi Asai

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Abstract

In RNA secondary structure prediction, nearest-neighbor parameters are used to determine the stability of a given structure. We derived the nearest-neighbor parameters for RNAs containing inosine-cytosine pairs. For parameter derivation, we developed a method that combines UV adsorption measurement experiments with free-energy calculations using molecular dynamics simulations. The method provides fast drop-in parameters for modified bases. Derived parameters were compared and found to be consistent with existing parameters for canonical RNAs. A duplex with an internal inosine-cytosine pair is 0.9 kcal/mol more unstable than the same duplex with an internal guanine-cytosine pair, and is as stable as the one with an internal adenine-uracil pair (only 0.1 kcal/mol more stable) on average.

Original languageEnglish
JournalUnknown Journal
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Oct 26

Keywords

  • free energy
  • Inosine-cytosine pair
  • modified RNAs
  • molecular dynamics simulation
  • nearest-neighbor model

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)

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