Unit

UNIT 11.7 Rapid Magnesium Chelation as a Method to Study Real-Time Tertiary Unfolding of RNA

  1. Emily J. Maglott,
  2. Gary D. Glick

Published Online: 1 NOV 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0471142700.nc1107s06

Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry

How to Cite

Maglott, E. J. and Glick, G. D. 2001. Rapid Magnesium Chelation as a Method to Study Real-Time Tertiary Unfolding of RNA. Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry. 6:11.7:11.7.1–11.7.11.

Author Information

  1. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 NOV 2001
  2. Published Print: SEP 2001

Abstract

This unit describes a method to measure the unfolding of RNA tertiary structure on a millisecond time scale. A stopped-flow spectrophotometer is used to measure the rate of unfolding induced by the addition of EDTA to an RNA whose tertiary structure has been stabilized in the presence of magnesium ions. Using this methodology, rate constants for unfolding of tertiary or secondary structure can be obtained over a range of temperatures, and these values can be used to construct Arrhenius and Eyring plots, from which activation energy, Arrhenius pre-exponential factor, and enthalpy and entropy of activation can be obtained. These data provide information about the energy of the transition state and the energy barriers between secondary and tertiary structure, which is necessary for predicting RNA tertiary structure from secondary structure.