RNA helicases and remodeling proteins

Curr Opin Chem Biol. 2011 Oct;15(5):636-42. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2011.07.019. Epub 2011 Aug 20.


It is becoming increasingly clear that RNA molecules play a major role in all aspects of metabolism. The conformational state and stability of RNA are controlled by RNA remodeling proteins, which are ubiquitous motor proteins in the cell. Here, we review advances in our understanding of the structure and function of three major structural families of RNA remodeling proteins, the hexameric ring proteins, the processive monomeric RNA translocase/helicases, and the functionally diverse DEAD-box remodeling proteins. New studies have revealed molecular mechanisms for coupling between ATP hydrolysis and unwinding, the physical basis for regulatory control by cofactors, and novel functions for RNA remodeling proteins.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenosine Triphosphate / metabolism
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Hydrolysis
  • Isoenzymes / chemistry
  • Isoenzymes / genetics
  • Isoenzymes / metabolism*
  • Models, Molecular
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation
  • RNA / chemistry
  • RNA / genetics
  • RNA / metabolism*
  • RNA Helicases / chemistry
  • RNA Helicases / genetics
  • RNA Helicases / metabolism*
  • RNA Stability
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • RNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism*


  • Isoenzymes
  • RNA-Binding Proteins
  • RNA
  • Adenosine Triphosphate
  • RNA Helicases