Identification of recognition residues for ligation-based detection and quantitation of pseudouridine and N6-methyladenosine

Nucleic Acids Res. 2007;35(18):6322-9. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkm657. Epub 2007 Sep 18.


Over 100 chemical types of RNA modifications have been identified in thousands of sites in all three domains of life. Recent data suggest that modifications function synergistically to mediate biological function, and that cells may coordinately modulate modification levels for regulatory purposes. However, this area of RNA biology remains largely unexplored due to the lack of robust, high-throughput methods to quantify the extent of modification at specific sites. Recently, we developed a facile enzymatic ligation-based method for detection and quantitation of methylated 2'-hydroxyl groups within RNA. Here we exploit the principles of molecular recognition and nucleic acid chemistry to establish the experimental parameters for ligation-based detection and quantitation of pseudouridine (Psi) and N6-methyladenosine (m6A), two abundant modifications in eukaryotic rRNA/tRNA and mRNA, respectively. Detection of pseudouridylation at several sites in the large subunit rRNA derived from yeast demonstrates the feasibility of the approach for analysis of pseudouridylation in biological RNA samples.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Adenosine / analysis
  • Adenosine / chemistry
  • DNA Ligases
  • Oligoribonucleotides / chemistry
  • Pseudouridine / analysis*
  • Pseudouridine / chemistry
  • Pseudouridine / metabolism
  • RNA Processing, Post-Transcriptional*
  • RNA, Fungal / chemistry
  • RNA, Fungal / metabolism
  • Yeasts / genetics


  • Oligoribonucleotides
  • RNA, Fungal
  • Pseudouridine
  • N-methyladenosine
  • DNA Ligases
  • Adenosine