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RNA Structure: Roles of Divalent Metal Ions

  1. Richard J Carter,
  2. Stephen R Holbrook

Published Online: 26 FEB 2003

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0003136

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How to Cite

Carter, R. J. and Holbrook, S. R. 2003. RNA Structure: Roles of Divalent Metal Ions. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 FEB 2003

Abstract

Divalent metal ions play an important role in charge neutralization and incorrectly folding RNA into its three-dimensional structure. They also play a potentially important role in the catalytic activity of RNA.

Keywords:

  • RNA;
  • divalent metal ions;
  • catalysis;
  • structure and folding;
  • thermodynamics