The intricate network of interactions observed in RNA three-dimensional structures is often described in terms of a multitude of geometrical properties, including helical parameters, base pairing/stacking, hydrogen bonding and backbone conformation. We show that a simple molecular representation consisting in one oriented bead per nucleotide can account for the fundamental structural properties of RNA. In this framework, canonical Watson-Crick, non-Watson-Crick base-pairing and base-stacking interactions can be unambiguously identified within a well-defined interaction shell. We validate this representation by performing two independent, complementary tests. First, we use it to construct a sequence-independent, knowledge-based scoring function for RNA structural prediction, which compares favorably to fully atomistic, state-of-the-art techniques. Second, we define a metric to measure deviation between RNA structures that directly reports on the differences in the base–base interaction network. The effectiveness of this metric is tested with respect to the ability to discriminate between structurally and kinetically distant RNA conformations, performing better compared to standard techniques. Taken together, our results suggest that this minimalist, nucleobase-centric representation captures the main interactions that are relevant for describing RNA structure and dynamics.
|Titolo:||The Role of Nucleobase Interactions in RNA Structure and Dynamics|
|Autori:||Bottaro, S.; Di Palma, F.; Bussi, G.|
|Rivista:||NUCLEIC ACIDS RESEARCH|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1093/nar/gku972|
|Fulltext via DOI:||10.1093/nar/gku972|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|