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THE CRYSTAL STRUCTURE OF A ZINC FINGER - RNA COMPLEX REVEALS TWO MODES OF MOLECULAR RECOGNITION


Experimental Data Snapshot

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 3.10 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.259 
  • R-Value Work: 0.216 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.216 

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Literature

Crystal Structure of a Zinc-Finger-RNA Complex Reveals Two Modes of Molecular Recognition

Lu, D.Searles, M.A.Klug, A.

(2003) Nature 426: 96

  • DOI: 10.1038/nature02088
  • Primary Citation of Related Structures:  
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  • PubMed Abstract: 
  • Zinc-finger proteins of the classical Cys2His2 type are the most frequently used class of transcription factor and account for about 3% of genes in the human genome. The zinc-finger motif was discovered during biochemical studies on the transcription factor TFIIIA, which regulates the 5S ribosomal RNA genes of Xenopus laevis ...

    Zinc-finger proteins of the classical Cys2His2 type are the most frequently used class of transcription factor and account for about 3% of genes in the human genome. The zinc-finger motif was discovered during biochemical studies on the transcription factor TFIIIA, which regulates the 5S ribosomal RNA genes of Xenopus laevis. Zinc-fingers mostly interact with DNA, but TFIIIA binds not only specifically to the promoter DNA, but also to 5S RNA itself. Increasing evidence indicates that zinc-fingers are more widely used to recognize RNA. There have been numerous structural studies on DNA binding, but none on RNA binding by zinc-finger proteins. Here we report the crystal structure of a three-finger complex with 61 bases of RNA, derived from the central regions of the complete nine-finger TFIIIA-5S RNA complex. The structure reveals two modes of zinc-finger binding, both of which differ from that in common use for DNA: first, the zinc-fingers interact with the backbone of a double helix; and second, the zinc-fingers specifically recognize individual bases positioned for access in otherwise intricately folded 'loop' regions of the RNA.


    Related Citations: 
    • The Role of the Central Zinc Fingers of Transcription Factor Iiia in Binding to 5S RNA
      Searles, M.A., Lu, D., Klug, A.
      (2000) J Mol Biol 301: 47

    Organizational Affiliation

    Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge CB2 2QH, UK.



Macromolecules

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Entity ID: 1
MoleculeChainsSequence LengthOrganismDetailsImage
TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR IIIAA [auth B], B [auth C], C [auth D]87Xenopus laevisMutation(s): 0 
Gene Names: gtf3a
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Entity ID: 2
MoleculeChainsLengthOrganismImage
5S RIBOSOMAL RNAD [auth E], E [auth F]61Xenopus laevis
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Small Molecules
Ligands 2 Unique
IDChainsName / Formula / InChI Key2D Diagram3D Interactions
ZN
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F [auth B], G [auth B], H [auth B], L [auth C], M [auth C], N [auth C], Q [auth D], R [auth D]ZINC ION
Zn
PTFCDOFLOPIGGS-UHFFFAOYSA-N
 Ligand Interaction
MG
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I [auth B] , J [auth B] , K [auth B] , O [auth C] , P [auth C] , S [auth E] , T [auth E] , U [auth F] , 
I [auth B], J [auth B], K [auth B], O [auth C], P [auth C], S [auth E], T [auth E], U [auth F], V [auth F], W [auth F], X [auth F], Y [auth F], Z [auth F]
MAGNESIUM ION
Mg
JLVVSXFLKOJNIY-UHFFFAOYSA-N
 Ligand Interaction
Experimental Data & Validation

Experimental Data

  • Method: X-RAY DIFFRACTION
  • Resolution: 3.10 Å
  • R-Value Free: 0.259 
  • R-Value Work: 0.216 
  • R-Value Observed: 0.216 
  • Space Group: C 1 2 1
Unit Cell:
Length ( Å )Angle ( ˚ )
a = 58.598α = 90
b = 191.593β = 101.51
c = 79.77γ = 90
Software Package:
Software NamePurpose
CNSmodel building
SCALAdata scaling
CCP4phasing
SHELXphasing
SHARPphasing
CNSphasing
CNSrefinement

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Entry History 

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  • Version 1.0: 2003-11-20
    Type: Initial release
  • Version 1.1: 2011-05-08
    Changes: Version format compliance
  • Version 1.2: 2011-07-13
    Changes: Version format compliance