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School of Biological Sciences V. Narry Kim, Jong-Seo Kim

Chemical RNA digestion enables robust RNA-binding site mapping at single amino acid resolution

Sep 29, 2020


RNA-binding sites (RBSs) can be identified by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry analyses of the protein–RNA conjugates created by crosslinking, but RBS mapping remains highly challenging due to the complexity of the formed RNA adducts. Here, we introduce RBS-ID, a method that uses hydrofluoride to fully cleave RNA into mono-nucleosides, thereby minimizing the search space to drastically enhance coverage and to reach single amino acid resolution. Moreover, the simple mono-nucleoside adducts offer a confident and quantitative measure of direct RNA–protein interaction. Using RBS-ID, we profiled ~2,000 human RBSs and probed Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 to discover residues important for genome editing.

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