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What Is Pseudouridine?

As one of the modified nucleoside, pseudouridine (Ψ) was the first one to be discovered as well as the most abundant RNA modification in the body. Ψ, also known as 5-β-D-ribofuranosyluracil and so-called fifth nucleoside, is the 5-ribosyl isomer of nucleoside uridine, of which the uracil of the base is linked to ribose sugar by carbon-carbon (C-C) bond rather than nitrogen carbon (N-C) glycosyl bond. Compared with the usual N-C bond found in uridine, the C-C bond structure in Ψ has greater rotational freedom. Besides, the empty N-H can serve as an additional hydrogen bond donor to participate in pairing interaction or other functional activities. These structural and functional advantages have been gradually exploited for RNA development.

Chemical differences between Uridine and Pseudouridine.Fig.1 Chemical differences between Uridine and Pseudouridine. (Charette, 2000)

Distributions and Functions of Pseudouridine

As the most abundant post-transcriptional nucleoside modification, Ψ can be found in ribosomal RNA (rRNA), transfer RNA (tRNA), small nuclear RNAs (snRNA), mRNA, microRNA (miRNA), etc. The RNA modifications detection by the next-generation sequencing technology has indicated that there are 9500 putative Ψ modification sites in various RNA of most mammals, yeast, and prokaryotic organism.

  • Ψ is ubiquitous in all tRNAs, usually in D stem and anticodon stem and loop, which plays a role in the stabilization of the local structure and tertiary structure;
  • In rRNA, Ψ mainly localizes in tRNA binding site, mRNA channel, peptidyl transferase center, etc., responsible for stabilizing rRNA folding and ribosome assembly, affecting the speed and accuracy of decoding and proofreading during translation;
  • The presence of Ψ in snRNA involves in the efficiency of pre-mRNA splicing and the proper folding and assembly of the spliceosome;
  • Ψ in mRNA is indicated to affect the coding specificity of stop codons UAA, UGA, and UAG.

Distribution of Ψ and Ψ synthases in Homo sapiens.Fig.2 Distribution of Ψ and Ψ synthases in Homo sapiens. (Spenkuch, 2014)

Pseudouridine Applications and Services

The properties and presence of Ψ suggest that Ψ or pseudouridylation exert significant roles in various physiological and biological activities, such as the stability of RNAs structure, ribosome diversity, translational control, even protein expression. Ψ abnormality also associates with some pathological conditions. Therefore, Ψ detection and activity analysis will provide useful information for biological stability improvement of RNA, revealing the relationship between the structure and function of modified RNA, and new therapeutic directions of some human diseases.

Creative Biolabs, a leading biotechnology company in bio-drug discovery, provides the most qualified pseudouridine modification services based on our well-established technical platform. Also, our seasoned scientists offer tailored solutions for effective epigenetic therapy development based on RNA modifications.

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References

  1. Charette, M.; et al. Pseudouridine in RNA: what, where, how, and why. IUBMB Life. 2000, 49(5): 341-351.
  2. Penzo, M.; et al. RNA pseudouridylation in physiology and medicine: for better and for worse. Genes. 2017, 8(11): 301.
  3. Spenkuch, F.; et al. Pseudouridine: still mysterious, but never a fake (uridine)! RNA biology. 2014, 11(12), 1540-1554.
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