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reviewed Leave Open Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
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comment Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
@WYSIWYG I don't think broadness is a problem here. A detailed review of structural elements is not required for an answer, just an explanation why RNA secondary structure is important to know (and to some degree why RNA is important).
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comment Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
Another thing, you mention only mRNA translation. Riboswitches can act at transcription or translation, transcriptional riboswitches typically terminate the transcription early to regulate, translational riboswitches typically sequester the Shine-Dalgarno sequence to regulate expression.
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answered Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
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comment Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
rcsb.org/pdb/101/motm.do?momID=130
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comment Use cases of RNA secondary structure prediction
Huh, where did you get the idea that it is impossible to get the full 3D structure of a riboswitch? There are structures published for most of the known classes of riboswitches.
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comment Why deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA?
As far as I know, the hydrolysis of RNA via the 2'OH doesn't play any role in regulating mRNA levels, there are lots of active RNA degradation mechanisms that are responsible for that.
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comment Why deoxyribose for DNA and ribose for RNA?
Do you have a reference for the claim that the 2'OH is important for regulating mRNA? My intuitive guess would be that active degradation by RNAses would be far more important than the chemical instability by the 2'OH.
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answered Why does A pair with T and G with C?
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comment What are the sources of energy that alcohol provides?
alcohol is not a mixture, it is one defined molecule, ethanol (assuming the colloquial definition of alcohol, it can also mean a class of molecules).
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