The parallel universe of RNA folding

Nat Struct Biol. 1998 May;5(5):337-40. doi: 10.1038/nsb0598-337.


How do large RNA molecules find their active conformations among a universe of possible structures? Two recent studies reveal that RNA folding is a rapid and ordered process, with surprising similarities to protein folding mechanisms.

Publication types

  • News

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nucleic Acid Conformation*
  • Protein Folding
  • RNA, Catalytic / chemistry
  • RNA, Catalytic / metabolism
  • RNA, Protozoan / chemistry*
  • RNA, Protozoan / metabolism
  • Tetrahymena / genetics


  • RNA, Catalytic
  • RNA, Protozoan