RNA-protein interactions in assembled editing complexes in trypanosomes. Book uri icon


  • Multisubunit RNA editing complexes recognize thousands of pre-mRNA sites in the single mitochondrion of trypanosomes. Specific determinants at each editing site must trigger the complexes to catalyze a complete cycle of either uridylate insertion or deletion. While a wealth of information on the protein composition and catalytic activities of these complexes is currently available, the precise mechanisms that govern substrate recognition and editing site specificity remain unknown. This chapter describes basic assays to visualize direct photocrosslinking interactions between purified editing complexes and targeted deletion and insertion sites in model substrates for full-round editing. It also illustrates how variations of these assays can be applied to examine the specificity of the editing enzyme/substrate association, and to dissect structural or biochemical requirements of both the substrates and enzyme complex.

author list (cited authors)

  • Cruz-Reyes, J.

citation count

  • 6

complete list of authors

  • Cruz-Reyes, Jorge

publication date

  • January 2007