LADE Seminar

Alessandra Magistrato, CNR-IOM/SISSA

Title: Molecular Mechanisms of RNA Metabolism


Complex protein/RNA macromolecular engines, catalyze formation of mature messenger and ribosomal RNAs from their precursors, giving rise to functional RNAs. In this talk I will illustrate how atomic-level simulations have contributed to elucidate: (i) the function of specific protein components of the spliceosome assembly [1,2]; (ii) the chemical details of premature-messenger and premature-ribosomal RNA splicing [3-4], and (iii) the mechanism of spliceosome helicases [5], and (iv) can contribute to refine the cryo-EM structure of complex RNA-based machineries.

  1. Casalino, L.; Palermo, G.; Spinello, A.; Rothlisberger, U.; Magistrato, A. All-atom simulations disentangle the functional dynamics underlying gene maturation in the intron lariat spliceosome. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 2018, 115, 6584
  2. Saltalamacchia, A.; Casalino, L.; Borišek, J.; Batista, V. S.; Rivalta, I.; Magistrato, A. Decrypting the Information Exchange Pathways across the Spliceosome Machinery. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2020, 142, 8403
  3. Borišek, J.; Magistrato, A. All-Atom Simulations Decrypt the Molecular Terms of RNA Catalysis in the Exon-Ligation Step of the Spliceosome. ACS Catal. 2020, 10, 5328
  4. J Aupič, J Borišek, SM Fica, WP Galej, A Magistrato Monovalent metal ion binding promotes the first transesterification reaction in the spliceosome Nature Communications 2023 14 (1), 8482
  5. Movilla, S.; Roca, M.; Moliner, V.; Magistrato, A Molecular Basis of RNA-Driven ATP Hydrolysis in DExH-Box Helicases. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023,"

Jun 13, 2024 11:30 AM — 12:30 PM
LADE Seminar
Meeting Room S-20, Building C, Area Science Park
Località Padriciano 99, Trieste, 34149
Area Science Park - RIT
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