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RNA, ribonuleic acid, biochemistry


The ribonucleic acid, RNA, is a macromolecular biopolymer that nonsists of a chain of nucleotide units. The main function of the RNA is the biosynthesis of proteins in living cells.

Online available information resources about the chemistry and biochemistry of the ribonuleic acid, RNA.

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Current Stories and Reports

Rules governing RNA's anatomy revealed
University of Michigan researchers have discovered the rules that dictate the three-dimensional shapes of RNA molecules, rules that are based not on complex chemical interactions but simply on geometry - [e]

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Lecture Notes, Tutorials

Lecture notes - Format: PDF - [e]

Flow of genetic info from DNA to RNA to protein - Format: PDF - [e]

Biology lecture notes - Format: PDF - [e]

RNA Chemistry & Structure
Lecture notes - Format: PDF - [e]

RNA Metabolism
Notes on medical biochemistry - [e]

Transcription & Translation
Biology lecture notes - [e]

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Data and Databases

Comparative RNA Web Site
… disseminates information about RNA structure and evolution that has been determined using comparative sequence analysis - [e]

Functional RNA Project - Bioinformatics Tools and Databases
… is the portal site for bioinformatics tools and databases spcialized for functional RNAs - [e]

Genomic tRNA Database
… contains tRNA gene predictions made by the program tRNAscan-SE on complete or nearly complete genomes - [e]

The miRBase database is a searchable database of published miRNA sequences and annotation - [e]

A database of RNA modification pathways. Genesilico - [e]

Nucleic Acid Database
NDB is to assemble and distribute structural information about nucleic acids - [e]

The Rfam database is a collection of RNA families, each represented by multiple sequence alignments, consensus secondary structures and covariance models. Sanger Institute - [e]

Ribosomal Database Project
RDP provides ribosome related data and services to the scientific community, including online data analysis and aligned and annotated Bacterial and Archaeal small-subunit 16S rRNA sequences. Michigan State University - [e]

RNA Editing Web Site
… is a site for dissemination of information on all the various types of RNA editing - [e]

RNA Frabase
An engine with database to search the three-dimensional fragments within 3D RNA structures using as an input the sequence(s) and / or secondary structure(s) given in the dot-bracket notation - [e]

RNA polymerase
Reference pathway (KO). KEGG, Japan - [e]

SILVA rRNA Database Project
A comprehensive on-line resource for quality checked and aligned ribosomal RNA sequence data, free for academic use - [e]

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Online Calculation

Base Pair Viewer
BPView Program. Nucleic Acid Database Project - [e]

Secondary Structure Viewer. Nucleic Acid Database Project - [e]

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RNA Biology
International journal. Landes Bioscience - [e]

RNA, the Journal
RNA serves as an international forum for publishing original reports on RNA research in the broadest sense. The journal aims to unify this field by cutting across established disciplinary lines and focusing on "RNA-centered" science - [e]

RNAi and Gene Silencing
An international journal of RNA and gene targeting research. Library Publishing Media - [e]

… is an open access peer reviewed journal, which aims to feature research involving small RNA molecules, and submissions are invited describing novel insights into the biogenesis and activity of such molecules. BioMed Central Ltd. - [e]

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Articles and Reports

Prebiotic Chemistry and the Origin of the RNA World
Article, Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2004 - Format: PDF - [e]

Researchers develop new way to see single RNA molecules inside living cells
Biomedical engineers have developed a new type of probe that allows them to visualize single ribonucleic acid (RNA) molecules within live cells more easily than existing methods. The tool will help scientists learn more about how RNA operates within living cells - [e]

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RNA Society
… was formed in 1993 to facilitate sharing and dissemination of experimental results and emerging concepts in ribonucleic acid research - [e]

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Related Books and Scientific Literature: RNA:


Donald C. Rio; Manuel Ares Jr.; Gregory J. Hannon; Timothy W. Nilsen

RNA: A Laboratory Manual

So much has been learned about RNA in the past ten years that the ability to purify, analyze, and manipulate RNA molecules is now essential in all kinds of bioscience. Initiating RNA research can be intimidating but the new book RNA: A Laboratory Manual provides a broad range of up-to-date techniques presented in a functional framework, so that any investigator can confidently handle RNA and carry out meaningful experiments, from the most basic to the highly sophisticated. Originating in three of the field's most prominent laboratories, this manual provides the necessary background and strategies for approaching any RNA investigation, as well as detailed protocols and extensive tips and troubleshooting information. It is required reading for every research laboratory in the life sciences.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2010


John F. Atkins, Raymond F. Gesteland, Thomas R. Cech

RNA Worlds
From Life's Origins to Diversity in Gene Regulation

The book reviews our understanding of two RNA worlds: the primordial RNA world before DNA, in which RNA was both information store and biocatalyst; and the contemporary RNA world, in which mRNA, tRNA, rRNA, siRNA, miRNA, and a host of other RNAs operate.

"[T]he plasticity of RNA stemming from ist 2' hydroxyl group and single-stranded nature, which permits diverse folding in contrast to ist storage molecule cousin, DANN, continues to fascinate," write the editors, John F. Atkins, Raymond F. Gesteland, and Thomas R. Cech, in the book's preface.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; 2010

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